Cover Image: US flags over unknown soldier's tomb from the Korean War at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Pictures: PA Images)
The US military plans to send 215 caskets to North Korea to begin the process of returning the remains of American soldiers missing since the 1950-53 Korean War, reports in South Korea say.
South Korea's Yonhap news agency said that about 30 US military vehicles carrying the caskets were expected to cross into the North on Saturday afternoon.
North Korea agreed to send home US war remains during a June 12 meeting between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.
“We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back,” Trump told a rally in Duluth, Minnesota Wednesday, according to Reuters.
It's estimated that more than 36,000 US troops died in the conflict, which also includes those listed as missing in action - with nearly 7,700 US troops still unaccounted for. A further 5,300 were lost in North Korea.
The remains of more than 200 American service members are known to still be in North Korea.
But the precise number and identities of them and whether they're US or allied service members, won't be known until the remains are tested.
Officials from the United States Forces Korea and South Korea's Defence Ministry on Saturday did not immediately return calls for comment.