Trump thanks Kim for handing over remains of war dead

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday to thank North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the return of suspected remains of fallen US service members, commending the "kind action" and saying he looked forward to seeing the chairman again soon.

The White House says President Donald Trump has received a letter from North Korea's Kim Jong Un, following up on the two leaders' June summit in Singapore. "Also, thank you for your nice letter - l look forward to seeing you soon!"

Details of the letter haven't been released by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed a letter from Kim was received by the administration on August 1.

Vice President Mike Pence said that the ceremony for the returned remains of 55 American soldiers from the Korean War was "deeply moving".

The Washington Post reported this week that USA spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence.

Pence, in his address at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, said he trusted that Americans killed in the war were among the flag-draped cases flown to Hawaii on Wednesday.

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The U.S. military flew the remains from Osan Air Base in South Korea after they had undergone an initial review.

Experts say that the painstaking identification process could take anywhere between days to decades to complete. He was a member of the 7th Infantry Division and one of about 2,500 US soldiers assigned to the 31st Regimental Combat Team, also known as Task Force MacLean and Task Force Faith.

But there are reports North Korea continues to build nuclear missiles.

While it has taken longer than some had hoped, a U.S. State Department official said the process had so far proceeded as expected, and the handover rekindled hopes for progress in other talks with North Korea aimed at getting it to abandon its nuclear weapons programme. It was the first repatriation of remains since 2005.

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