WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday for â€śfulfilling a promiseâ€ť to return the remains of missing U.S. soldiers from the Korean War, as a U.S. military plane made a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve 55 cases of remains.
North Korea returned the remains of what are believed to be U.S. servicemen killed during the Korean War, a handover that followed through on a promise Kim made to Trump when the leaders met in June in Singapore, the first tangible result from the much-hyped summit.
Trump, addressing reporters on the South Lawn, said a plane was carrying the remains â€śof some great fallen heroes from America back from the Korean War.â€ť
He said Vice President Mike Pence would greet the families and the remains of the soldiers, and the president thanked Kim â€śfor keeping his word.â€ť
â€śWe have many others coming but I want to thank Chairman Kim in front of the media for fulfilling a promise that he made to me and Iâ€™m sure that he will continue to fulfill that promise as they search and search and search,â€ť Trump said.
He said â€śthese incredible American heroes will soon lay at rest on sacred American soil.â€ť
About 7,700 U.S. soldiers are listed as missing from the 1950-53 Korean War, and 5,300 of the remains are believed to still be in North Korea.
The war killed millions, including 36,000 American soldiers.
U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, in a statement from the U.N. Command, called the retrieval mission successful.