WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says it will open negotiations with North Korea on resuming efforts to recover the remains of some of the estimated 5,500 U.S. service members unaccounted for from the 1950-53 Korean War.

Recovery efforts were halted by the administration of President George W. Bush in May 2005. The administration said at the time that it was worried about the safety of U.S. recovery teams in North Korea.

In a brief announcement Monday, the Pentagon made no mention of security improvements or any other reason for meeting with the North Koreans to negotiate a resumption of remains recovery efforts.

The meeting is to be held Tuesday in Bangkok.

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