Vietnam hands over remains of US soldiers at ceremony in Da Nang

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Remains of US soldiers have been repatriated during a ceremony held at the Da Nang International Airport on June 22.

The ceremony was jointly held by the Vietnamese Office For Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) and the US agency Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC).

The remains were found during the excavation of eight different locations in Vietnam as part of the 107th joint search.

It was the 123rd time the remains of US soldiers have been repatriated since the Vietnam War ended in 1975, Dan Tri reported.

Since 1973, the remains of 982 US military personnel from the Vietnam War have been identified, including 689 in Vietnam, 257 in Laos, 33 in Cambodia and 3 in China.

Currently, the US government lists 1,644 of its soldiers as missing in action, including 1,282 from Vietnam.

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About 300,000 Vietnamese soldiers of the liberation forces are still listed as missing from the war.

Early this month, Vietnam said it would open up new areas to American teams searching for the remains of missing soldiers.

Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh announced the move after talks with his US counterpart Leon Panetta during his two-day visit from June 3-4.

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