UNC, N. Korea to hold talks over returning body of N. Korean resident

SEOUL, The U.S.-led United Nations Command (UNC) and North Korea's military will hold working-level talks this week over the return of the body of a North Korean resident recovered last year near a border island, a source said Monday.

The two sides will meet at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas on Tuesday.

"The meeting over the handover to the North of the body that the South Korean Navy picked up last year near Yeonpyeong Island will take place tomorrow," the source said on condition of anonymity.

Some observers took the planned talks as a sign of improvement in relations between Washington and Pyongyang, raising the possibility that the two sides could hold additional consultations over the repatriation of the remains of more American troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Last month, the North repatriated 55 sets of remains of presumed U.S. troops in line with the June summit agreement between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which also includes making joint efforts to build new relations and pursue the "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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