The U.S. side was led by Maj.
A lawyers' group has accused both the Park government and the administration of her successor, Moon Jae-in, of restricting access to the defectors and raised questions about whether they had genuinely travelled to Seoul on their own free will. Gen. Michael A. Minihan, chief of staff for the U.N. Command, and North Korea's side included a two-star general, the South Korean news agency reported, citing diplomatic sources. "When I say victims, I am implying that they were subject to some kind of deceit in regard to where they were going".
In late June, the USA military said it had begun moving caskets to the Korean border village of Panmunjom in preparation for North Korea to return the remains of US soldiers who went missing in the 1950-53 Korean War.
The Stars and Stripes newspaper had first reported Tuesday that an American delegation had agreed to travel to North Korea and retrieve the remains, citing a USA official.
It was the first time in nine years that USA and North Korean first general-officers held talks.
"I firmly believe that the strong will, honest efforts and unique approach of myself and Your Excellency Mr. President aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the USA will surely come to fruition", the letter reads.
"There hasn't been a missile or rocket fired in 9 months in North Korea, there have been no nuclear tests and we got back our hostages", Trump wrote.
Just hours after Pompeo left Pyongyang on July 7, the North said it offered to discuss declaring a formal end to the Korean War, but the USA side showed little interest, giving "certain conditions and excuses".
United Nations honor guards in December 1993 carry the remains of a soldier who died during the Korean War.
Mr Kim's latest inspection tour took him to four sites in North Hamgyong province, bordering China.
About 7,700 US soldiers are listed as missing from the Korean War.
Efforts to recover USA war remains have been stalled for more than a decade due to tensions over North Korea's nuclear program and a previous US claim that security arrangement for its personnel working in the North was insufficient.
July 27 is the 65th anniversary of the signing of an armistice that ended the Korean War, lending the date symbolic importance in U.S.
President Trump then turned to criticizing media outlets for not focusing on the positive results of talks between the US and North Korea, "Who knows how it will all turn out in the end, but why isn't the Fake News talking about these wonderful facts?"
Pompeo's own visit threatened to scuttle the tenuous negotiations between the two countries, with North Korea calling Pompeo "gangster-like" in his demands for denuclearization.