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Soldier's remains begin long journey home

North Korea on Friday returned a casket believed to contain the remains of a U.S. soldier killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, a spokesman for the U.N. Command said.

The remains were recovered through the border village of Panmunjom by a joint U.S.-North Korean team searching for the remains of Western soldiers who died in the North, he said.North Korean guards handed over the simple aluminum casket to United Nations Command honor guards in a solemn ceremony, witnesses said.

The remains are to be shipped to the United States for laboratory tests to identify the body, the U.N. Command spokesman said.