Aircraft carrying remains of US soldiers arrive in S. Korea

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A U.S. aircraft carrying the remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War arrived in a military base in South Korea on Friday, Yonhap news agency reported.

The U.S. C-17 Globemaster military transport plane arrived in the Osan air base, about 60 km south of the capital Seoul, at about 11 a.m. local time (0200 GMT).

It brought 55 remains of U.S. troops killed in the Korean War after leaving the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) earlier in the day.

Top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un agreed with U.S. President Donald Trump to repatriate the remains of U.S. troops during their summit in Singapore on June 12.

Under the agreement, the two leaders agreed to commit to recovering the remains of prisoners of war (POW) and those missing in action (MIA) during the Korean War, including an immediate repatriation of those already identified.

The DPRK was reportedly to have identified about 200 remains, believed to be U.S. troops killed in the war.

The U.S. side allegedly planned to hold an official ceremony to return the 55 remains to the United States on Aug. 1 after going through its own identification process.

Military officials from the DPRK and the United States held general-level talks on July 15-16 at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom to discuss the return of U.S. troops' remains.

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