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Ceremony marks flight carrying Korean War remains to U.S.

A ceremony was held in South Korea on Wednesday (August 1) to mark the repatriation of human remains, likely to be American, from the 1950-1953 Korean War.

The remains were handed over by North Korea to the United States last week. After the ceremony, the remains — now in UN flag-drapped coffins — were put into a military aircraft and headed to the U.S. to find relatives lost more than 65 years ago.

The repatriation effort came after an agreement reached at a landmark summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump in June.

While it has taken longer than some had hoped, a U.S. State Department official said the process had so far proceeded as expected, and the handover rekindled hopes for progress in other talks with North Korea aimed at its denuclearization.

More than 7,700 U.S. troops remain unaccounted for from the Korea War. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea. (Reuters)

A U.S. soldier salutes during a repatriation ceremony for the remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea, at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. North Korea handed over 55 boxes of the remains last week as part of agreements reached during a historic June summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump. AFP

Jets fly in formations overhead as U.N. honor guards carry the remains of U.S. servicemen killed in the Korean War and collected in North Korea, onto an aircraft at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. North Korea handed over 55 boxes of the remains last week as part of agreements reached during a historic June summit between its leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump. AP

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