It could be hard to find out if the remains are even American military members.
"So when. only one dog tag was provided, it's probably not to tease the U.S. but rather that it was sent because it could offer clues to the remains".
What is expected to be an exhaustive analysis and identification process will soon begin. Pompeo said there was "an terrible long way to go" before North Korea could no longer be viewed as a nuclear threat.
Vice President Mike Pence attended a ceremony in Hawaii Wednesday to receive remains of United States soldiers killed in the Korean War, a bloody conflict which, as History.com records, ended 65 years ago last Friday.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said some remains could be from other nations.
Past remains have been found to be co-mingled and in at least one case contained animal bones.
"Problems such as inability to get DNA from bones and lack of a DNA reference sample from the family can be major stumbling blocks", added Chuck Prichard, director of public affairs for the DPAA.
Other countries under the command of the United Nations also lost troops that are still unaccounted for, including the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.
"There's a whole lot of us".
The ministers will also reiterate their support for global efforts to achieve "lasting peace and stability on a denuclearised Korean peninsula".
"We see today as tangible progress to achieve peace on the Korean peninsula", Pence said. And I'm sure that he will continue to fulfill that promise as they search and search and search. But examination showed that the remains were from more than 208 individuals.
With this most recent return, some Pentagon officials believe USA recovery teams could be back in North Korea searching for remains by next spring.
"Just over 1,000 men are unrecovered" from the so-called Demilitarized Zone and nearby buffer zones, according to DPAA. Trump later suspended annual military drills with South Korea which North Korea had long called an invasion rehearsal.
Kim pledged the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", at the summit, but the short agreement said nothing about inspections or a verification process to make sure North Korea follows through.
While President Donald Trump proclaimed on Twitter in recent weeks that North Korea is "no longer a Nuclear Threat", the regime continues to construct new missiles, according to US intelligence officials who spoke with the Washington Post.
That is not the case, as reports of its latest nuclear activities confirm.