US, North Korea form agreement to search for war dead

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A repatriation ceremony being held for soldiers who died in the Korean War.
Image: UNC - CFC - USFK.

The US and North Korea have come to an agreement to recommence the search for remains of US servicemen, after six years, that had been unaccounted for after the Korean War. The search will continue next year around 100km away from Pyongyang.

They had started work on the recovery of war remains in 1996 but it was brought to an end by Donald Rumsfeld under the Bush Administration in 2005 because of the safety of the search teams after the ambitions for nuclear weapons.

The US has been adamant that this is a "humanitarian matter" so thus their relations should not affect it. This comes as part of an effort to improve relations. They have also agreed to "ensure the effectiveness and safety" for the teams going into the country.