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Release No: 884-11
October 17, 2011

POW/MIA Talks Begin with North Korean Officials

            A delegation from the United States will meet in Bangkok on Oct. 18 to begin negotiations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on resuming recovery of the remains of American servicemen missing in action from the Korean War.

            Robert J. Newberry, deputy assistant secretary of defense for POW/missing personnel affairs, will lead negotiations with a team including representatives from the Department of State, the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, the U.S. Pacific Command and the United Nations Command-Korea.

            The talks will only address the issue of resuming remains recovery of missing U.S. servicemen from the Korean War.  Accounting for Americans missing in action is a stand-alone humanitarian matter, not tied to any other issue between the two countries.

            Of the approximately 83,000 Americans missing from all conflicts, more than 7,900 are from the Korean War with 5,500 of those believed to be missing in the DPRK.

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