The lab will then set about trying to match any American remains with the identities of MIA personnel.
When North Korea handed over 55 boxes of bones that it said are remains of American war dead, it provided a single military dog tag but no other information that could help US forensics experts determine their individual identities, a USA defense official said Tuesday.
Two Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft will be back to back outside Hangar 19 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Wednesday for the repatriation to American soil of remains turned over by North Korea, an official said.
"What we're going on is the commitment that Chairman Kim made to our president", said department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.
The remains were then moved in gray vans to an airfield where US and South Korean soldiers loaded them one by one into transport planes.
The remains within each box may not be those of a single person and are likely fragments of bones, said Paul Cole, an expert on recovery of soldiers missing in action and prisoners of war, who worked as a visiting scientific fellow at Hawaii's Central Identification Laboratory where the boxes will land.
The remains had been transferred from the small boxes they arrived in on Friday into full-sized caskets, draped with United Nations flags.
A US defense official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the AP that it could take months or years to identify the remains.
While President Donald Trump proclaimed on Twitter in recent weeks that North Korea is "no longer a Nuclear Threat", the regime continues to construct new missiles, according to US intelligence officials who spoke with the Washington Post.
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Initial forensic analysis suggested the remains were likely to be of American servicemen, the USA military said.
Foreign-policy experts have remained skeptical about North Korea's intentions, given its history on withdrawing from prior agreements.
Still, the initial "field forensic review" indicates that the "remains are what North Korea said they were", Byrd said. About 7,700 USA soldiers are listed as missing from the 1950-53 Korean War, and 5,300 of the remains are believed to still be in North Korea.
Last Tuesday, Trump said new images signaled that North Korea was beginning to dismantle "a key missile site".
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also vowed during the June 12 summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore to work toward denuclearization, but there has not been a concrete agreement to accomplish that goal. The government has said only that the UN Security Council -where China and the United States both wield vetoes - should revisit sanctions after Kim's meeting with Trump.
But at their landmark meeting in Singapore, Mr Trump and Mr Kim agreed to work towards the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula". North Korea has nearly certainly not sent back anything close to 200 bodies. National anthems of the United States and South Korea were played, and the caskets were given a 21-gun salute by USA riflemen.
North Korea is reportedly making new missiles in the same factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of targeting the U.S., senior United States intelligence sources claim.
Satellite images appeared to show one or two liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) being built at a large facility on the outskirts of the capital Pyongyang, called Sanumdong.
"North Korea knows that we're watching", Bennett told AFP.