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U.S. prepares for North Korea's return of American war remains




 border over the coming days as the U.S. waits for North Korea to confirm the time and date for the transfer.


"We're anticipating around 200 to 250 remains and so that is what we're preparing for," the spokesperson told NBC News. "It could happen any second and we are getting ready for that."


The caskets are expected to be taken from the Panmunjom border village to a U.S. airbase south of the South Korean capital of Seoul.
Between 1996 and 2005, joint U.S.-North Korea military search teams conducted 33 recovery operations that collected 229 sets of American remains.
But efforts to recover and return other remains have stalled for more than a decade because of the North's nuclear weapons development and U.S. claims that the safety of recovery teams it sent during the administration of former President George W. Bush was not sufficiently guaranteed.
Meanwhile, the U.S. and South Korea have agreed to indefinitely suspend two exchange program training exercises, the Pentagon said on Friday, in the aftermath of the summit earlier this month.
"To support implementing the outcomes of the Singapore Summit, and in coordination with our Republic of Korea ally, Secretary Mattis has indefinitely suspended select exercises," Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

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