North Korean government representatives failed to appear to a scheduled meeting with American military negotiators on repatriating the remains of U.S. Korean War veterans at the demilitarised zone (DMZ) Thursday, according to a report from the Washington Post.
Communist dictator Kim Jong-un agreed to hand over the remains of an unknown number of American soldiers killed during the active period of the Korean War (1950-1953) during his June summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. While President Trump claimed in a recent speech that Pyongyang had begun the process to return the remains, State Department officials say they have not yet received any, and anonymously confirmed Thursday that North Korean officials simply did not show at a meeting to discuss the transaction.
The Washington Post cites a “U.S. official with knowledge of the situation” who told the newspaper that the U.S. negotiating team was ready at the border between the two Koreas on Thursday, but “it just didn’t happen. They didn’t show.” The newspaper identifies the negotiators waiting for the North Koreans as “Department of Defense and United Nations Command” officials.