Richard Downes, executive director of the Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs, said he has since been told the North may have the remains of more than 200 American service members that were likely recovered from land during farming or construction and could be easily returned.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Indo-Pacific military commander told Japan's defense minister on Thursday that Washington remained committed to the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea.
Mr. Kim also pledged to return the remains of USA soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War.
3 of 9 The South Korean buildings are seen in the background as North Korean soldiers stand guard at the truce village at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which separates the two Koreas in Panmunjom, North Korea, Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
Last September, Trump taunted Kim as "Rocket Man" in a speech at the United Nations, during which he vowed to "totally destroy North Korea" if the USA was forced to defend itself or its allies.
Even if the USA is able to begin recovering more remains from North Korea, many more years of work will be needed to identify numerous United States troops who died there, said Sarah Wagner, an anthropologist with George Washington University, who has worked on military repatriation issues.
"Obviously, it's the very front end of a process", he said. The detailed negotiations have not begun.
"Consistent with President Trump's commitment and in concert with our Republic of Korea ally, the United States military has suspended all planning for this August's defensive "wargame" (Freedom Guardian)", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
But he said the most important development is the improved relationship between the US and North Korea, which he forged in the historic summit with dictator Kim Jong-un. "I expect they will talk about the path going forward and where priorities should lie".
"Unlike previous year when missiles were repeatedly test-fired, we no longer face a situation in which missiles may come flying any minute", Suga told reporters Thursday.
VA pick gets hearing date Mattis "not aware" of North Korea taking any steps to denuclearize Mattis: Legislation needed to create "space force" MORE on Wednesday said he was "not aware" of any steps that North Korean had yet taken to denuclearize. USA officials, however, have cautioned that such actions are reversible.
"While North Korea agreed to nothing new, the United States took the unprecedented step to indefinitely suspend our joint military exercises with our ally", said Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee subpanel on Asia and Pacific issues.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had a busy second day in Beijing.
North Korea announced ahead of the Singapore summit the suspension of its ICBM testing and also closed its nuclear bomb test site.
Town said, "If North Korea does destroy the Sohae facility, they are also signaling that they are willing to stop satellite/rocket launches this time around as well".
On the Chinese border, people are already starting to speculate on real estate, betting that North Korea's integration into the global economy is at hand.