Repatriations have been happening on and off since 1990 but become mired in money wrangles and diplomatic tussles

Rising expectations that the Pyongyang regime will hand over the remains of some of the American dead from the Korean war have reawakened cautious hope among surviving relatives.

Reports say the bones of up to 250 soldiers, marines and airmen are due to be handed over at a South Korean airbase, in line with a pledge from the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to Donald Trump at their summit in Singapore on 12 June.

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