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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Pays Pyongyang

SEOUL () -- The United States paid $2 million to North Korea on Monday for its past help in recovering remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War -- a move which Seoul officials said showed improving ties between the two countries.

The U.S. payment, conveyed to the North by the United Nations Command stationed in South Korea, was made as the food crisis in the North deepened and amid uneasy inter-Korean relations following a new northern military incursion last week.

The Pentagon lists 8,100 soldiers still missing from the 1950-53 Korean War. Since the end of the war, there have been reported sightings of surviving defectors and claims that some Americans remain as prisoners of war in the North.