North Korean soldiers carry a coffin believed to contain the remains of a US soldier to the border with South Korea during repatriation ceremonies at the truce village of Panmunjom, South Korea, in October 1998. Photo: Reuters

Will North Korea’s return of soldiers’ remains buy a US exit from the Korean peninsula?

Donald Kirk says North Korea has used US soldiers’ remains as a moneymaking scheme in the past, and now may be after a bigger payoff – a peace declaration and exit of US troops from the Korean peninsula

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North Korean soldiers carry a coffin believed to contain the remains of a US soldier to the border with South Korea during repatriation ceremonies at the truce village of Panmunjom, South Korea, in October 1998. Photo: Reuters
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.