But efforts to recover and return the remains have been stalled for more than a decade because of the North's development of nuclear weapons and US claims that the safety of recovery teams it sent during the administration of President George W. Bush was not sufficiently guaranteed.
The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
He said previous administrations "had a policy of silence".
Annual military drills between Washington and Seoul have been a major source of contention between the Koreas for years, and analysts have wondered whether their continuation would hurt the inter-Korean detente that, since an outreach by Kim in January, has replaced last year's insults and threats of war.
North Korea and the United States remain technically at war because the fighting ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. "We will be there together with North Korea along the way", Moon said in a statement. -North Korea military search teams conducted 33 joint recovery operations and recovered 229 sets of American remains.
The US and North Korea to establish new relations in accordance with the desire of peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
The Pentagon has said the exercises are essential to alliance-building and military readiness.
"I think without the rhetoric we wouldn't have been here. The U.S.is ready, willing, and able, but hopefully, this will not be necessary".
"The core of the U.S".
Associated Press writers Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul and Gillian Wong in Beijing contributed to this report.
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