JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii-The U.S. has identified the remains of two service members among the 55 boxes returned by North Korea this summer, officials from the Defense POW/MIA Accountability Agency said Monday.
However, the sets of bones from the two soon-to-be-identified troops are far more complete.
However, according to director of scientific analysis at the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, John Byrd among the undergoing remains review that at the moment the family members will not be notified at first.
Between 1996 and 2005, the USA worked with North Korea and recovered around 400 caskets of remains, though Washington halted the cooperation in 2005 as it could not guarantee the safety of its personnel.
The U.S. service members were killed decades ago while fighting in the Korean War.
According to estimates from the Department of Defense, there are approximately 7,700 US troops who remain missing from the Korean War.
The announcement marks the first breakthrough in identifying troop remains since North Korea sent 55 boxes of human remains to the U.S.as part of ongoing negotiations between the two countries.
A small group of journalists was given access on Monday to a secure facility on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, where forensic anthropologists are combing through the remains handed over by Pyongyang in July.
Other tables included personal objects from soldiers that don't have any identification on them, including buttons, canteens and old boots. The US military estimates that more than 7,000 US troops who lost their lives during the Korean War remain unaccounted for.
The meeting took place at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the DMZ on Friday, the US-led United Nations Command Korea said in a statement.