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Mr Pence said the handover demonstrated the success of President Trump's summit with Mr Kim.

"China all along has believed that the consensus reached by US and North Korea's leaders meeting in Singapore is very precious", Wang told reporters.

Trump in his tweet expressed gratitude to Kim "for keeping your word" concerning the return of the remains of more than 50 Americans service members killed during the Korean war. About 5,300 were lost in what is now North Korea.

United States Vice President Mike Pence (L) pays respects, as a military honor guard carries the remains of american soldiers repatriated from North Korea during a repatriation ceremony at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 1, 2018. The correspondence, following up on their Singapore summit in June, came amid fresh concerns over Pyongyang's commitment to denuclearization despite a rosy picture of progress painted by Trump.

About 7,700 US soldiers are listed as missing from the conflict, and 5,300 of the remains are believed to still be in North Korea. U.S. Marines also fought in the famous battle, but mainly along the reservoir's western side.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that North Korea appeared to be building one or two new liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles at the research facility, citing unidentified officials familiar with intelligence reporting.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korea is far from living up to its pledge to denuclearize and remains in violation of numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Experts say positively identifying the decades-old remains could take anywhere from days to decades.

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In a landmark summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12, Kim, who is seeking relief from tough sanctions, committed in a broad statement to work toward denuclearization, but Pyongyang has offered no details as to how it might go about this.

Pompeo thanked ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at a meeting in Singapore for their efforts in enforcing sanctions on North Korea.

The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that US intelligence officials suspect that North Korea is continuing to build new missiles in the same research facility that manufactured the country's ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States. He said during a rally on Tuesday in Tampa, Florida, that the United States was "doing well" with North Korea, citing the return of detained Americans and Pyongyang's ceasing of nuclear and missile tests.

To work on the additional remains the team of DPAA researchers assigned to identifying the remains of Korean War missing will almost double in size from five to nine.

Sanders also reaffirmed the U.S's firm commitment on the United Nations sanctions on North Korea, .

Last Friday, . coinciding with the anniversary of the signing of Armistice Agreement, .

The Pentagon said last week it was considering the possibility of sending personnel to North Korea to search for additional remains.