President Donald Trump extended the state of national emergency against North Korea for an extra year Friday despite his recent statements that the threat to the US posed by dictator Kim Jong Un's missiles and nuclear weapons was a thing of the past. And this declaration specifically cites North Korea's nuclear weapons as the reason for the emergency and as a direct threat to United States national security.
A chart published June 11 shows the number of negotiations and meetings between the USA and North Korea, as well as North Korean provocations, since 1990.
Trump said Kim has stopped testing missiles, including ballistic missiles that could reach the United States, and is destroying the engine testing site - an apparent reference to Sohae.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that sanctions against North Korea will remain in place as negotiations continue over its nuclear arsenal.
U.S. Forces Korea spokesman Col. Chad Carroll told Fox News the military also sent 158 metal cases to a U.S. airbase outside of Seoul to transfer the remains to the U.S.
In an executive order, the president extended for one year the so-called "national emergency" with respect to the nuclear-armed nation, re-authorizing economic restrictions against it.
"They've already sent back or are in the process of sending back the remains of our great heroes who died in North Korea during the war", said Mr. Trump.
A step-by-step process might provide incremental incentives for less dramatic results, but could also be used to hold North Korea accountable until its compliance can be assured.
Kim Jong Un this week met for the third time in as many months with Chinese President Xi Jinping - a sign of increasing cooperation between Beijing and Pyongyang, and a reminder of China's influence on the future of North Korea's nuclear program.
The two sides, however, still have to negotiate the terms under which the North would give up its missiles and win relief from sanctions - a goal that has eluded U.S. administrations for a quarter of a century.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Duluth, Minn.
The planned location for the return was not yet known, but officials said they were stationing the temporary coffins at the JSA since it is the closest point.
"We have 100 years of mateship with the United States this year, of course we would welcome him here", Mr Pyne told reporters in Adelaide on Saturday.