>> 55 caskets likely carrying the remains of American servicemen from the Korean war were honored at a repatriation ceremony in South Korea on Wednesday before being transported to US soil where forensic experts will begin the long and hard process of identifying them.>> So they can be positively identified and returned finally to their countrymen and their families.
>> The boxes were handed over by North Korea last friday and flown aboard a US military transport plane to South Korea Where US officials catalogued the contents. Among them, a single military dog tag. US officials the solider's family has been notified, though it was not clear if his remains were among those found.
In fact, experts say positively identifying the remains could take anywhere from days to decades.>> The North Koreans provided enough specifics about where each suspected body was found to allow US officials to match them to specific battles, but not to individuals. More than 77 hundred US troops remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.
About 53 hundred were lost in what is now North Korea.>> The remains are due to arrive in Hawaii Wednesday, where Vice President Mike Pence, the son of a Korean War combat veteran, will honor their return. The pledge to transfer war remains was seen as a goodwill gesture by North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un to President Donald Trump at their Singapore summit on June 12th.
But there is growing scepticism about whether the North will follow through on its pledge to denuclearize.