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VP Pence pledges to bring MIAs home from Korea

2018-09-21 01:11
Vice President Mike Pence voiced optimism over the administration's effort to negotiate the denuclearization of North Korea, and he pledged to continue the U.S. effort to bring "our missing fallen home" from the Korean Peninsula during a flag presentation ceremony at the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall. "Just recently, Kim Jong Un announced his committment to allow nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations," Pence said. Pence said North Korea's dictator also pledged to dismantle a nuclear test site and a launch pad in the presence of international observers. Pence said he and President Donald Trump "welcome this good news," adding, "we look forward to further progress." Speaking about the missing in action, Pence said, "The United States will leave no one behind." Before speaking, Pence presented a flag that accompanied the August return of U.S. remains from North Korea to (Ret.) Col. Richard Dean II of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation. Moments after the flag was presented, a soldier played taps at the ceremony. The Foundation plans to build a Korean War Wall of Remembrance on the National Mall to pay tribute to the 36,574 Americans who gave their lives during the war, which begin almost 70 years ago and ended in an armistice three years later. The wall of remembrance will also list the number of wounded and missing-in-action.