WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he hopes to see North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un soon, after the remains of US soldiers killed during the Korean War (1950-1953) were received, a gesture for which he thanked the leader.
“Thank you to Chairman Kim Jong Un for keeping your word & starting the process of sending home the remains of our great and beloved missing fallen! I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action,” Trump said in a tweet Thursday morning.
Trump also revealed that along with the 55 boxes containing remains that arrived Wednesday at the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii, Kim Jong-un also sent him get a letter.
“Also, thank you for your nice letter – l look forward to seeing you soon!” Trump added.
Trump and Kim held a historic summit, the first such meeting between sitting presidents of these two countries, on June 12 in Singapore.
In addition to addressing the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, the two leaders spoke of resuming searches for the 5,300 missing US soldiers believed to have died north of the 38th parallel that divides North and South Korea.
North Korea delivered the remains of 55 soldiers on Friday, which the US later took to a military base in South Korea to perform preliminary tests before their arrival Wednesday on American soil in a ceremony with honors officiated by Vice President Mike Pence.
“Incredibly beautiful ceremony as U.S. Korean War remains are returned to American soil,” tweeted Trump, who was not at Pearl Harbor to receive them.
In the hope of restarting the search for the missing soldiers in North Korea, the US has started the difficult task of identifying the remains of the 55 soldiers through DNA tests which could take months or even years.
The Pentagon has a laboratory in Hawaii specializing in the identification of soldiers killed decades ago.