The president said at the cabinet meeting that "they've already sent back, or are in the process of sending back, the remains".
US President Donald Trump has declared that North Korea is "still an unusual and extraordinary threat" in a notice contained in the Congress on Friday, citing to maintain economic restrictions on North Korea. "Detailed negotiations have not begun", he said.
He also speculated about the eventual withdrawal of 28,500 U.S. troops from South Korea.
North Korean soldiers carry an aluminum casket containing remains of a US serviceman killed during the Korean War toward U.N. Command soldiers, foreground, at the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea. "I wouldn't expect that at this point".
On Saturday, the US military began moving caskets to North Korea for the recovery of some remains, the U.N. Command in South Korea said in a statement.
Trump, who has been leading an global drive to press North Korea to abandon development of nuclear missiles capable of reaching the United States, told reporters after the June 12 summit that Kim had pledged to dismantle one of his missile installations.
The decision has brought harsh criticism that the U.S. made a concession without securing concrete measures and a road map for complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the North.
One does not need a calculation of the exponential exposure or advertising value to be convinced that Singapore has benefited from facilitating the Trump-Kim summit (Singapore may have gained over $700m in exposure as host: Analyst; June 14). Going into the summit, Pyongyang repeatedly rejected unilateral nuclear disarmament.
At a news conference after the meeting with Kim in Singapore, Trump announced that he would halt what he called "very provocative" and expensive regular military exercises that the United States holds with South Korea. The U.S. has long looked to China to use its influence with North Korea to bring it to negotiations, but the visit comes as ties between Beijing and Washington are being tested by a major trade dispute. "But we've seen this before, and that was words on a paper and promises made, so now we have to see action", he said.
"Continue to constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the US", Trump wrote in the declaration. The transfer date and location have not been finalized, the officials said, but they said the administration is ready to receive the remains if the North Koreans decide to move quickly.