White House: US plane leaves North Korea with US war remains

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A U.S. military plane containing the remains of fallen service members has departed North Korea, the White House confirmed Thursday night.

The plane, a U.S. Air Force C-17, left Wonsan, North Korea, and will transfer the remains to Osan Air Force Base. A statement from the White House said a formal repatriation ceremony is expected to take place on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

The White House said this is a result of President Trump’s previous meeting with Kim Jong Un.

“The United States owes a profound debt of gratitude to those American service members who gave their lives in service to their country and we are working diligently to bring them home.” the statement reads. “It is a solemn obligation of the United States Government to ensure that the remains are handled with dignity and properly accounted for so their families receive them in an honorable manner.”

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