“The DPRK and the United States commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.”
We have little reason to trust the North Koreans, but if we can act swiftly, we can take a step closer to closure for the families of our missing Korean War service members.
There are still 5,300 American service members missing – whose remains are believed to be in North Korea – 65 years after the end of the Korean War. Over 7,800 U.S. military personnel who fought in the Korean War are “unaccounted for,” a term used to describe those who remained captive or missing at the conclusion of hostilities, or those killed in action whose remains have not been located, recovered, and identified.
“The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified,” is point No. 4 in the joint statement signed by Trump and Kim.
Veterans of Foreign Wars lobbied Trump ahead of the summit to address the POW/MIA issue with Kim during their meeting.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency – based at the Pentagon – has records of the serving members who have yet to be returned. You can see it, broken down by state, here.
Accounted-For: This report includes the U.S. personnel who have been accounted for (including POW returnees and POW escapees) and all personnel whose remains have been recovered and identified since the end of the war.
Unaccounted-For: This report includes the U.S. personnel who are still unaccounted for.