Indonesia invites both Korean leaders Moon and Kim to Asian Games 2018

The administration of Park Geun-hye has been accused of restricting access to the defectors

The administration of Park Geun-hye has been accused of restricting access to the defectors

American and North Korean officials have agreed to resume field operations to search for American service members' remains and would meet again on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

Speaking just ahead of the landmark summit in Singapore between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, Quintana said that not raising human rights issues would send a "wrong message".

Pompeo said they were "the first General Officer-level talks" with North Korea since 2009.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency, however, noted that other media reports had said the two sides might consider timing the return to occur on July 27, the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement, as part of efforts to curb criticism about insufficient progress in the wake of their June 12 summit. Three vehicles of USA forces in South Korea, flying United Nations flags, were spotted heading to the border earlier in the day, Yonhap said.

Last Thursday, members of a US military delegation expecting to discuss the repatriation process were left waiting at the Korean Peninsula's demilitarized zone when their North Korean counterparts did not arrive for a meeting.

The repatriations would likely take place next week or the week after, the official said. A US Embassy spokeswoman in Seoul was not available for comment.

Writer removed from summit event says he only had a question
When finally asked what he thought of Trump's behavior with Putin, Emanuel spent more than 3½ minutes giving his thoughts. By Tuesday afternoon when he faced the cameras, Trump had changed tack.

It's unclear how the North Koreans could be certain of the nationalities, although they have in the past included dog tags. Efforts then stalled for more than a decade because of tensions over North Korea's nuclear program and a previous USA claim that the security arrangement for its personnel working in the North was insufficient.

The official said North Korea informed the USA delegation that it will return 50 to 55 sets of remains, which would be the first repatriation of war dead remains since 2007.

Dozens of wooden coffins to carry the American remains have reportedly been brought to the southern side of the border in recent weeks.

Experts are speculating that Pyongyang is trying to fast-track discussions on what it considers more critical issues, such as reaching a declaration to formally end the war, which stopped on an armistice and not a peace treaty.

Pompeo said Sunday that the talks, which were led by USA and North Korean two-star generals, were "productive and cooperative and resulted in firm commitments". Pompeo had hoped to "fill in" details on how to dismantle the North's nuclear programme and recover the remains of United States troops in his talks in Pyongyang this month.

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