North Korea Returns Remains of Korean War Dead to US
North Korea has returned to the United States more than 55 sets of human remains.
The remains are believed to be of Americans killed during the Korean War in North Korea.
A special ceremony was held at Osan Airbase in South Korea to mark the return.
The 55 boxes fulfill a promise, after some delay, by North Korea's leader to U.S. President Donald Trump during their meeting in Singapore on June 12.
Identifying remains will take time
An unidentified U.S. defense official, however, said there was only one set of military identification tags, known as dog tags, with the remains.
The official spoke to the Associated Press on the condition that the person would not be identified. The defense official said, "It could take months, or even years to identify them."
North Korea has provided very little information to help identify the remains, a defense official told VOA.
It could be difficult to find out if the remains are even American military members.
Troops from 16 other United Nations member countries fought with the U.S. during the war. Service members from countries including Australia, Belgium, France and the Philippines also have not been recovered from North Korea.
Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the return of the 55 boxes was a good step but not a guarantee that the bones are American. "We don't know who's in those boxes," Mattis said.
The U.S. Defense Department estimates that about 7,700 American service members were missing during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. About 5,300 were believed to be on North Korean soil. Many were placed in shallow burials on battlefields.
Efforts to recover remains in North Korea have faced political and other barriers. Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned 208 containers to the U.S. with remains. But examination showed that the remains were from more than 208 individuals. Of those, 181 have been identified.
Also, between 1996 and 2005, U.S.-North Korea joint efforts resulted in the recovery of 229 containers of remains. The Defense Department said 153 individuals have been identified.
The U.S. official who discussed the recently returned bones said the U.S. is considering including South Korea in future searches for remains in North Korea.
Richard Downes' father is one of the Korean War missing. He said that hopefully the most recent set of remains will lead to more information about those who are missing.
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1.the Korean War 朝鲜战争
The Korean War lasted three years.
2.human remains 人体遗骸
Human remains are still occasionally found.
3.lead to 导致
A lack of prudence may lead to financial problems.
4.take time 花费时间...
They are bound to take time to readjust after a holiday.
5.It could be difficult to find out if the remains are even American military members.
find out 找出；查明
I need to find out who tried to frame me.
I hope we can find out about it.
6.It could be difficult to find out if the remains are even American military members.
It could be difficult to 做...有难度
More than that, it could be difficult to keep up with them.
It could be difficult for you to consider anyone else's viewpoint.
归还遗骸的努力在朝鲜面临了政治和其它障碍。在1990年到1994年期间，朝鲜向美国归还了208盒遗骸 。但是，检查结果显示，这些遗骸来自208多人 。其中181人已被鉴明身份 。
理查德·唐斯（Richard Downes）的父亲是朝鲜战争的失踪士兵之一。他说，希望最新归还的这批遗骸能够提供更多有关失踪人员的信息 。