Report: US requests North Korea talks on war remains

August 9, 2011 05:34


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SEOUL - The United States has requested talks with North Korea on ways to search for the remains of American troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, a South Korean media report said on Tuesday, amid an easing of tensions on the peninsula.

Washington's request came barely a week after US envoy Stephen Bosworth met veteran North Korean nuclear negotiator Kim Kye-gwan in New York. Both sides said the talks, the first such contact since 2009, had been constructive.

"The US recently sent a letter requesting a meeting on resuming remains recovery in North Korea," Major Carie Parker, spokeswoman at the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), told Yonhap News Agency in Washington.

"We have received no response from North Korean officials," she added.

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