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United States prepares for return of war dead remains from North Korea

22 June 2018

Kim's visit to China this week will renew questions about what happens post-Singapore.

Kim said he believed that under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Xi at the core, and the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, the Chinese Dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation will definitely be realized.

They exchanged "serious views" on the present and "new" situation and Kim briefed Xi on his historic summit with Donald Trump.

During his latest visit, Kim was accompanied by his top economic official, Premier Pak Pong-ju, on a visit to the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Multiple locations, including a gift shop at the DMZ and stamp shops in Pyongyang and Kaesong, have apparently removed anti-American postcards, posters, and stamps which used to be offered to tourists, said Rowan Beard, a tour manager for Young Pioneer Tours.

If China, North Korea's most significant economic trading partner, continues to loosen the sanctions imposed by the worldwide community, the United States will have a hard time convincing North Korea to even engage in good faith negotiations toward CVID.

When the United States recovered 208 cases of remains from the North Koreans in the 1990s, in what became known as the "K208 cases", scientists found that they were extensively commingled, with the remains of at least 400 service members inside.

-Chinese relations also serve to diminish the likelihood that China will continue to cooperate with the international-sanctions regime.

"All of us who work on Asia were confused or disturbed by the president's abrupt cancellation of USA joint military exercises", said Michael J. Green, a former adviser to former President George W. Bush and who is now senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

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Yet even people unhappy with Trump overall are willing to admire his efforts at detente with North Korea.

In 2003, during his first stint as premier, he introduced the controversial "July 1 Economic Measures".

Kim is expected to return to Pyongyang on Wednesday.

Several lawmakers have expressed alarm with plans to halt military exercises.

While an agreement to complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) between American and North Korean officials was nothing but a pipe dream, there was hope that President Donald Trump would be able to extract significant commitments from Kim Jong-un in return for simply agreeing to meet him.

A majority of Americans now approve of President Donald Trump's handling of US relations with North Korea, a change that comes after his historic summit with that country's leader, Kim Jong Un.

"As the president said at the Singapore summit, Chairman Kim promised that North Korea will destroy a missile engine test stand soon", said an NSC official.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted during a cabinet meeting on Thursday that North Korea will follow through on the Kim regime's vague promise to denuclearize - otherwise, he reasoned, totalitarian dictator Kim Jong Un's global reputation could take a hit. "[We're] obviously at the very front end of the process".

United States prepares for return of war dead remains from North Korea