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U.S., North Korea Discuss Recovery of Servicemen’s Remains

October 17, 2011

(Adds number of Americans missing in wars in third paragraph, nuclear talks in fifth.)

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. and North Korea will start talks in Bangkok tomorrow on resuming recovery of remains of American service members missing in action from the Korean War of 1950 to 1953.

The talks, led for the U.S. by Robert J. Newberry, deputy assistant secretary of defense for POW/missing personnel affairs, will only address the issue of resuming remains recovery. It is a “stand-alone humanitarian matter,” the Pentagon said today in an e-mailed statement.

The talks follow the North Korean government’s agreement in August to a U.S. proposal for starting negotiations on recovery operations. About 83,000 Americans are missing from previous conflicts, including more than 7,900 from the Korean War. Of those, 5,500 are believed to be missing in North Korea, the Defense Department said.

Among the most recent remains identified from the Korean War were those of Corporal Theodore A. Reynolds of the Army’s 8th cavalry regiment, 1st cavalry division. He was lost on Nov. 2, 1950, in North Korea.

Other U.S. and North Korean negotiators will meet in Geneva next week to discuss how to resume stalled six-nation talks over the communist nation’s nuclear weapons program, South Korea’s Yonhap News reported earlier today.

--Editors: Steven Komarow, Justin Blum

To contact the reporter on this story: Viola Gienger in Washington at vgienger@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net


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