US, North Korea to restart joint searches for soldiers' remains, Pompeo says

US N. Korea working to return remains

That statement said North Korea would "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" but offered no details on when or how Pyongyang would dismantle its program.

The amnesty will take effect on August 1, the report said, noting the cabinet and relevant organs will take practical measures to help the released people settle down to a normal working life.

US President Donald Trump released a letter on Thursday on his Twitter account, which he said he received from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and touted the "great progress" in bilateral talks between the two countries, a month after the two men met in Singapore.

It also granted amnesties in 2012, to celebrate the centennial of the birth of Kim's grandfather and the founder of the North, Kim Il Sung, and the 70th birthday of his father, Kim Jong Il, the same year.

Additionally, The Diplomat magazine exclusively reported on Friday that it hadlocated a covert North Korean uranium enrichment facility - known as Kangson - in the immediate vicinity of Pyongyang.

Those findings were hotly contested by Pyongyang.

Last month, the United Nations special rapporteur for the North, Tomas Ojea Quintana, urged Pyongyang to begin releasing prisoners under a gradual general amnesty.

In the English version, dated July 6, Kim writes that the June 12 summit in Singapore "was indeed the start of a meaningful journey".

Pompeo called the talks over the weekend that led to the announcement "productive, cooperative and resulted in firm commitments".

Quintana had said that not talking about rights would eventually become "a problem in terms of building a sustainable agreement" on denuclearization. More than 36,500 USA troops died in the conflict. The meeting was to discuss repatriation of the remains of U.S. troops who died in the Korean War almost 70 years ago, another term agreed upon during the June 12 summit.

A U.S. United Nations Command vehicle passes Tongil Daegyo, or Unification Bridge, in Paju, Gyeonggi, to head to the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom for general-level talks with North Korea Sunday morning.

Citing an unnamed USA official, CNN reported that the US and the North were working to repatriate the remains of some 200 American troops in two to three weeks.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addresses a news conference alongside South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul, South Korea June 14, 2018.

The North Korean letter came the same day that US officials were stood up by their North Korean counterparts at the demilitarized zone on the North's southern border, according to Bloomberg, which cited South Korean news agency Yonhap.



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