US President Donald Trump's talks with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un secured the return of 55 of the US fallen from the Korean War, and raised hopes about the return of a New Zealander MIA [Missing in Action].

On a US State Department visit, Claire Trevett visited the laboratory in Hawaii whose sole focus is finding the fallen who served for the US and bringing them home - with the help of modern technology.

Row after row of skeletons are laid out on tables in the laboratory in Hawaii's Pearl Harbour.

They are the remains of about 55 US war dead, declared missing after the 1950–1953 Korean War.

North Korea returned them to the US in August, a good faith gesture following US President Donald Trump's first meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

They are now on tables in the labs of the Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency's base in Honolulu.

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A lab worker is bent over one with a small brush.

Small dishes hold scrapings and bone fragments and a table at the