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North Korea-U.S. Relations
May 26, 2019

President Trump is not worried about North Korea, even though some of his "people" might be.

Trump on Sunday dismissed the idea he was concerned about North Korea's recent ballistic weapons tests in an early morning tweet from Tokyo. Trump wrote that he was not disturbed by the weapons testing, although others in his administration were. The Washington Post reports the tweet was a "direct rebuke" of national security adviser, John Bolton, who said on Saturday that North Korea's tests "no doubt" violated United Nations Security Council resolutions.

Trump said he has confidence North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "will keep his promise" to Trump, referring to an agreement between the two heads of state in which Kim said North Korea would not test intercontinental-range ballistic missiles — the recent tests were reportedly short-range missiles.

Trump also cited Kim's recent criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden, who could face off with Trump in the 2020 presidential election, as further reason to trust him. "Perhaps that's sending me a signal?" Trump wrote. Tim O'Donnell

July 26, 2018

The White House announced Thursday night that North Korea has transferred the remains of an unspecified number of U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to return the remains during his summit with President Trump last month in Singapore. "Today, [Kim] is fulfilling part of the commitment he made to the president to return our fallen American service members," the White House said in a statement. "We are encouraged by North Korea's actions and the momentum for positive change."

More than 7,700 U.S. troops who fought in the Korean War never came home, and roughly 5,300 of those soldiers were lost in what is now North Korea, Reuters reports. The remains were transported on a U.S. military plane, which flew to the North Korean city of Wonsan and returned to the Osan air base in South Korea. A formal repatriation ceremony will be held Wednesday at Osan. Catherine Garcia

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