(2nd LD) Moon back in Seoul with war remains from U.S., repatriation ceremony held at military base

이치동 / 2021-09-23 23:01:19
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(2nd LD) Moon-S Korea arrival
▲ President Moon Jae-in pays tribute at a soldier, killed in Korean War, in front of a casket containing his remains during a repatriation ceremony held at the Seoul Air Base, just south of Seoul, on Sept. 23, 2021. (Yonhap)

▲ The South Korean Air Force's F-15K fighter jets escort the country's presidential jet, carrying the remains of two soldiers killed in the Korean War, as it enters the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) on Sept. 23, 2021. (Yonhap)

▲ President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook arrive at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, on Sept. 23, 2021, wrapping up a five-day visit to the United States. (Yonhap)

(2nd LD) Moon-S Korea arrival

(2nd LD) Moon back in Seoul with war remains from U.S., repatriation ceremony held at military base

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SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korea held a repatriation ceremony Thursday night for 68 sets of war remains right after President Moon Jae-in arrived at a military airport here following a five-day visit to the United States.

Just ahead of his departure from Hawaii, he attended a joint ceremony with the U.S. for the handover of the remains of troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.

South Korea received 68 sets of remains. The caskets containing the remains of two identified soldiers -- Pfc. Kim Seok-joo and Pfc. Jung Hwan-jo -- were carried by Moon's Air Force One presidential jet. The other remains, still unidentified, were airlifted by a South Korean military transport aircraft.

As they entered South Korea's air defense identification zone, known as KADIZ, four F-15K fighter jets escorted and deployed 21 flares each to honor their return.

The repatriation ceremony at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, was attended by eight bereaved family members of Kim and Jung, as well as some senior government and defense officials

Moon traveled to New York for a keynote speech at the U.N. General Assembly followed by a brief trip to Hawaii.

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