U.S. sends wooden cases to inter-Korean border for return of soldiers’ remains

SEOUL, June 23 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. military moved 100 wooden "temporary transit cases" to the inter-Korean border on Saturday in preparation to receive the remains of soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

The cases in storage at the truce village of Panmunjom, or the Joint Security Area (JSA), will likely be sent to North Korea in a few days for use to carry the remains "in a dignified manner."

"We are also moving United Nations Command (UNC) flags to the JSA and also trestles on which the boxes can stand as we prep them ready to move them to Osan," a U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) official said,

Separately, the USFK has moved 158 metal coffins from Yongsan in central Seoul to Osan Air Base in Gyeonggi Province, the official added.

The repatriation of the remains of U.S. troops killed during the war was one of the agreements that U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reached during their historic summit in Singapore earlier this month.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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