Korean War remains recovery talks slated
Stars and Stripes July 5, 2003
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — U.S. and North Korean officials will meet next week to discuss the recovery of U.S. soldiers’ remains from the Korean War.
South Korean media reports earlier this week quoted Larry Greer, spokesman for the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office in Washington, D.C., in an interview with Radio Free Asia as saying North Korea’s U.N. mission has agreed to hold talks in Bangkok, Thailand.
The details of the planned talks were not released.
In three operations last year, 26 sets of remains were recovered.
Since 1996, Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii teams have conducted 25 operations in North Korea, recovering the remains of about 178 Americans.
The South Korean Defense Ministry said Thursday that a recent recovery operation netted 152 more sets of remains from six places around the country.
The operation that started March 17 is the fourth since 2000, according to a ministry press release. Of the recently recovered remains, 118 are believed to be South Koreans and 34 are believed to be North Koreans or Chinese. Fourteen of the South Korean remains have been identified.
Over the past three years, South Korea has recovered 933 Korean War-era remains along with 32,000 artifacts.
Six sets of remains believed to be those of U.S. servicemembers who died in South Korea were returned in 2001 and 2002.
Of the 8,100 U.S. servicemembers missing from the Korean War, about 1,150 are believed to be in South Korea.
— Choe Song-won contributed to this report.