Scrapped drill with South Korea would have cost US$14m: Pentagon


Amid a contentious summit with NATO leaders, President Donald Trump reportedly spent part of a dinner Wednesday night bragging to some of the United States' greatest allies about his unprecedented meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. US investigators collected a further 230 boxes of bones and material in a decade of digging.

Hundreds of remains have been repatriated since 1990, but the process has been fraught with mistrust.

Trump faced a backlash for scrapping the drills, with critics saying he gave in too readily to Kim's request to halt the exercises while getting little in terms of tangible commitments from Pyongyang in return.

Public display of the North's culture or bringing North Korean figures to the South requires authorization from several state bodies, including Seoul's unification ministry and spy agency.

Trump has claimed the US pays far too much of NATO's defense budget while other members fail to meet the agreed 2 percent of gross domestic product.

And the U.S. -North Korea denuclear dealings will be decoupled from the Sino-U.S. trade fight, according to professor Wang.

"It takes anywhere from a few months to, in many cases, years, before we can make an identification", Kelly McKeague, head of the USA agency that tracks down remains of USA soldiers lost on foreign battlefields, said in an interview.

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"The repatriation of the Korean War remains is significant in that it partially closes a painful chapter in US-Korea relations", Benjamin Young, a North Korea expert from George Washington University told Business Insider. He also told supporters in Nevada that North Korea had already handed over 200 sets of remains.

The two sides had been expected to discuss at the Korean Peninsula's demilitarized zone the return of USA troop remains from the 1950-1953 war - an arrangement that the State Department had announced after Secretary Mike Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang last Friday and Saturday.

Joint U.S. -North Korean military search teams recovered 229 sets of American remains from North Korea between 1996 and 2005.

Shortly after Pompeo's departure, the North Korean foreign ministry issued a statement blasting his conduct as "unilateral and gangster-like". His top deputy, who took the meeting in Kim's absence, said his boss was out of town without revealing what was more important than a sit-down with the top US diplomat.

The Trump administration has insisted that progress is being made. "We're going to continue to work through that", the vice president said.

Trump has used it as a favorite nickname for Kim beginning a year ago, in a mocking reference to North Korea's frequent missile tests.

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the head of USA intelligence to assess whether North Korea's posture and actions regarding denuclearization match up with the Trump administration's claims.