Trump – Kim “commit” to recover remains of US troops

| June 12, 2018 | 32 Comments

According to the Washington Post, among some of the points of yesterday’s summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was a commitment to recover the more than 5000 remains of US troops missing since the war.

The Post reports that the inclusion of the issue in the agreement was a victory for Veterans’ Service Organizations which have lobbied the President.

In recent days, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his negotiating team, led by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, that the POW issue was important to Trump, and he “instructed Kim to negotiate for it,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. Trump, during a news conference on Tuesday, said that he had received “countless” phone calls from Americans asking for help on the issue.

“So many people, during the campaign, would say is there any way you can work with North Korea to get the remains of my son back or father back,” Trump said. “I said we don’t get along too well with that particular group of people. Now we do. And he agreed to that so quickly and nicely. It was a nice thing.”

As Trump headed into his landmark meeting with Kim Jong earlier in the day, a top Defense Department official told families of the missing soldiers that securing the remains and resuming recovery efforts is a top priority for negotiations.

US-North Korean teams repatriated 229 sets of US remains between 1990 and 2005 when relations between the countries deteriorated.

On Monday, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which has for years promoted recovery efforts for fallen soldiers, sent a letter to Trump, Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urging that a repatriation agreement be on the table during the president’s negotiations with Kim.

“As the leader of the free world, we urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that those who paid the ultimate price for freedom during the Korean War are finally returned home to their families,” Keith Harman, VFW’s commander in chief, wrote. He called the return of missing soldiers’ remains an unsettled issue of “paramount importance” to the VFW and its 1.7 million members.

More than 35,000 American soldiers died on the Korean Peninsula between 1950 and 1953. The U.S. government estimates that 7,702 remain unaccounted for, with about 2,400 in South Korea.

Yet another reason for you to support the VSOs.

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  1. Mason says:

    Excellent start!

    Now repatriate the Pueblo next.

    • 5JC says:

      Good luck making NORKs fat. They were eating their own babies in 90s just to stay alive. Their average BF analysis is minus something.

    • Martinjmpr says:

      I read somewhere on the internet (so it must be true?) that there has never been a war between two countries that both had a McDonald’s franchise.

      Now, if Iraq had a McDonald’s franchise prior to 1991 that’s not true, as I know that both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have McD’s there now.

      But it’s an interesting point, and one that I think shows that trade between nations is inherently stabilizing.

      There’s not much time to fight if you’re counting your money.

      • 26Limabeans says:

        When I arrived in Germany 1968 I was amazed to see a A&W root beer restaurant.
        I was expecting a bombed out country covered in debris.

      • sbalm says:

        RE: “…there has never been a war between two countries that both had a McDonald’s franchise.

        Tom Friedman of the New York Times mentions it in his book “The Lexus and the Olive Tree.”

        He is not the one who said it, but just repeated it. He checked into it and found out it was true. The exception was Bosnia conflict but he said he didn’t think that was counted as a war.

        The premise is that the corporations do their research and only want to place a franchise in a safe place. It is all marketing study and risk analysis.

        • sbalm says:

          Ah… maybe it was Thomas Friedman that said it. An excerpt:

          “As I have noted before, globalization and economic integration will act, to some degree, as a restraint on those states that are plugged into the system and dependent upon the electronic herd. It’s true that no two countries that both have a McDonald’s have ever fought a war since they each got their McDonald’s. (I call this the Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention.) But globalization does not end geopolitics — the enduring quest for power, the fear of neighbors, the tug of history. What globalization does is simply put a different frame around geopolitics, a frame that raises the costs of war but cannot eliminate it.” — Thomas Friedman

  2. Thunderstixx says:

    This entire turn of events is just amazing.
    Poor old Lars-I-Boi must be having a cow over this one !!!
    Sssshhhhh…..
    If you listen you can hear the libidiot heads exploding all over America !!!

  3. Martinjmpr says:

    I wonder what the NoRKS will want in exchange? An end to Team Spirit (the annual military exercise) at a very minimum would be my guess.

    And honestly I think that’s OK. For that matter, why is the 2nd ID still on the peninsula? The days when the ROK Army was weak and helpless are long in the past. The ROKs have a first rate military and there is no need for US combat troops to act as a “trip wire” anymore.

    I could see MAYBE having a “Quick Reaction Brigade” somewhere well to the South of Seoul (Camp Humphreys near Pyongtaek or even all the way down at Pusan) but there is no need for US troops to be anywhere North of Seoul.

    The real purpose of having US troops on Korean soil was to give us “skin in the game” and give the ROK’s the reassurance that we wouldn’t leave them hanging if the NorKs invded, but without the USSR and China to back them up, that ain’t happening.

    If the NKPA ever “invaded” South Korea they’d get as far as the first grocery store and then stop to loot and gorge themselves (actually they wouldn’t even get that far if the obstacle belts across the northern part of the ROK are still there.)

    Except for the dubious value of introducing naïve young GI’s to the “pleasures” of Soju and Juicy Girls, I can’t see any real benefit to the US maintaining a significant presence on the Korean peninsula.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    DuUers’ heads were imploding over this on Claymore’s post. It is T-R-E-A-S-O-N!!! Treason, I tell you!

    Well, I am glad that this has been arranged. Whether or not it goes through, I will wait to see.

  5. Herbert J Messkit says:

    Now if we can just get Chris Wallace on fox to stop endlessly talking about Reagan Gorbachev 1985.

  6. 5JC says:

    Trump announced the pull out of all USF in Korea and the end of Team Spirit. He also implicitly recognized the DPRK for the first time with the agreement.

    This is all a rather stunning turn of events.

    • 5JC says:

      Misleading headlines are misleading.

      Trump wants to bring troops home but it is not part of the equation yet. But the Team Spirit thing is for reals, based upon progress in the region.

  7. David says:

    There are still articles posted in which leading Democrats were screeching yesterday that Trump was getting us into a war with the Norks.

    • 5JC says:

      I know now the same news agencies are stating that Kim is the anti-Christ on steroids responsible for all the evil in the world.

      • Mason says:

        Just four months ago these same people were all aglow for Kim’s sister at the Olympics. Talking about her like she’s the next Princess Di, how they’re playing Pence and Trump like fiddles, etc, etc.

  8. Herbert J Messkit says:

    To all those pundits on tv complaining about Trump dealing with a brutal dictator. That dictator probably faces opposition from the old guard, and for this deal to be successful, he will havee to go home and whack a few people.

  9. Daisy Cutter says:

    Think we’ll put a US Embassy in North Korea anytime soon?

  10. AW1Ed says:

    And the nattering nabobs of negativity* are out in their droves today. My favorite is comparing Trump’s astounding feat with Barry opening Cuba up to American tourism.

    So, what did Barry get in return, you ask? Exactly zip point shit. Any comparison is laughable.

    *Hat tip to Spiro Agnew.

  11. H1 says:

    Last time I visited, a senior US leader told we are no longer there to keep the NORK’s on a leash. It’s the ROK’s, unify the peninsula and get some LONG overdue payback.

  12. Burma Bob says:

    DPAA/JPAC went to NK back in the late 90’s. I have friends who went as Korean linguists. They did manage to recover remains, which are being steadily identified to this day. That having been said, the NK’s manage to extract as much from the US government as possible, as much as USD $2 million per set of bones. We are basically just paying ransom for our own people, which is a proud tradition Trump is continuing. It took his commitment to elevate the stature of a murderous leader like Kim Jong Un to spring 3 US citizens right before the summit. Now that he’s promised to cease all combined/joint exercises on the peninsula, I wonder what we are getting out of this. So far Kim Jong Un has gotten quite a bit. The NK news media hasn’t slowed down their hatred of Trump one iota; he’s still called a “미치광이늙다리” (dotard is how it is translated, but it carries the connotation of a person suffering from tertiary syphilis, tremors, stumbling, senile) -as of last night on KCNA. Whereas our president insists Kim Jong Un is honorable and talented.KCNA describes the meeting to the NK populace as one where Trump has paid tribute and homage to Kim Jong Un’s genius leadership, due to NK having achieved the status of being a credible nuclear threat. The US population can believe whatever it’s told by its own media.

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