1st U.S. troops from July DPRK remains identified

US identifies first troops from returned North Korea remains

Two of the sets of Korean War remains that were returned from North Korea belonged to USA servicemen during the Korean War.

Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday that experts chose to focus on these two sets of remains as they thought "they had a better chance", considering reasons including where the remains had been found and the background Washington had.

Reuters reported that remains from the two identified troops are believed to have been recovered from a battle near the Chongchon River.

According to estimates from the Department of Defense, there are approximately 7,700 USA troops who remain missing from the Korean War.

Between 1996 and 2005, the US worked with North Korea and recovered around 400 caskets of remains, though Washington halted the cooperation in 2005 as it could not guarantee the safety of its personnel.

The names of the servicemen will be announced after their families have been notified.

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Thousands of service members remain unaccounted for and Mattis confirmed the USA and North Korea have engaged in conversations to have additional remains returned.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the repatriation ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in August, where he thanked the fallen soldiers for giving "the last full measure of devotion for their families, our freedom, our future, our country".

He did not publicly identify them.

The meeting took place at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the DMZ on Friday, the US-led United Nations Command Korea said in a statement.

North Korea in July handed over what are thought to be the remains of 55 USA servicemen who were killed during the Korean War. Jennie Jin and Byrd, who were the coordinators at the Korean War agency's Project, elaborated and said that the identification process is painstaking which also includes finding DNA from within the bone fragments.

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