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People watch the news on television at a train station in Seoul, South Korea. Since Americans were barred from traveling to North Korea last year, an academic at one of Pyongyang's top schools hasn't been able to return to his job. U.S. citizen Chan-Mo Park, who was born in South Korea , is the chancellor of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST). He has been working with the privately funded school since 2000, but could not travel back to the reclusive country after Washington issued travel restrictions for Americans in September 2017. But Park expressed optimism in a Wednesday interview with CNBC's Geoff Cutmore that relations between the world's largest economy and the isolated state could improve. Recent meetings between the two Koreas, as well as President Donald Trump's historic face-to-face summit with North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un , indicate "a big improvement in reconciliation," the academic said on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok . "Eventually, with more bilateral meetings with the United States and North Korea, I hope they relax regulations," he said. The travel ban was introduced after American student Otto Warmbier died following his release from a North Korean prison. Park said that while he understood the safety concerns behind the U.S. State Department's decision, he felt "so safe" during his 17 years in the North.
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Pentagon: Remains of US POW from Korean War identified By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: September 4, 2018 NEW YORK — U.S. military officials say the remains of a missing New York soldier who died during the Korean War more than 60 years ago have been identified. The Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that 1st Lt. Herman L. Falk's remains were identified last month using DNA analysis, dental records and material evidence. DPAA says the 22-year-old from Manhattan was serving in the Army's 2nd Infantry Division when he and other members of his platoon were reported missing during fighting in South Korea in February 1951. Officials say after the war returning American POWs reported Falk had died that spring at a POW camp in North Korea. Falk's remains were among those of at least 400 U.S. servicemen handed over by the North Koreans from 1990-94.
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