February 08, 2023
Analysis

N. Korea pressures U.S. on soldiers’ remains

Pyongyang leverages important issue in possible hopes of money from U.S.

“...[The] remains of at least 7 800 GIs reported missing during the past Korean war now look like no better than stones as land rezoning and other gigantic nature-remaking projects made progress in the DPRK (sic).”

So read a North Korean statement released on October 13 that hinted at the possible consequences if the United States fails to restart long-halted efforts to recover the remains of missing and fallen U.S. soldiers. There are at least 5,500 remains waiting to be uncovered in North Korea, according to the U.S. Defense Department.