U.N. honor guards carry an casket containing remains of U.S. soldiers believed to have been killed during the Korean War.
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When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed in June to help return the remains of U.S. troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, it was seen as one of the more attainable goals to come out of his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.More than 7,700 U.S. troops who fought in the Korean War remain unaccounted for, with about 5,300 of those lost in what is now North Korea, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the U.S. military agency tasked with tracking down prisoners of war and troops missing in action.REMAINS RETURNEDBetween 1990 and 2005, more than 400 caskets of remains found in North Korea were returned to the United States, and the bodies of some 330 Americans were accounted for, according to the DPAA.Decades-old remains that North Korea has handed over in the past have not always been identifiable as U.S. troops.The U.S. and North Korea worked together on so-called joint field activities to recover remains from 1996-2005, until Washington halted operations expressing concerns about the safety of its personnel.
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