"The remains received from North Korea are being handled with the utmost care and respect by professional historians, forensic scientists, uniformed personnel and government officials", the US-led UN Command said in a statement.
One leading expert on North Korea's missile program agrees.
"We've been watching the news, and we've been hopeful that my uncle is among the remains", he said. There's a whole lot of us.
He said he also appreciated Indonesia's ongoing support for peace efforts on the Korean Peninsula.
More than 7,700 US troops remain unaccounted for from the Korea War.
Joining the vice president are the children of two U.S. service members who never returned from the Korean War.
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It will possibly take months, if not years, to identify the remains handed over in 55 boxes.
"They could go to Australia", Mattis added.
The remains will undergo a lengthy forensics process at the military lab, which is staffed by more than 30 anthropologists, archaeologists and forensic odontologists.
The process of finding and repatriating their remains has always been hampered by North Korea's reluctance to allow US military investigators unrestricted access to battle sites, and to wring as much political capital and money out of the process of returning the remains.
The Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving the USA -led United Nations forces, including South Korea, technically still at war with the North.
The Trump administration has hailed the repatriation as a significant goodwill gesture even as efforts toward persuading the North to abandon its nuclear weapons have faltered.
"Nothing's changed. Our objective remains the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea as agreed to by Chairman Kim Jong Un".
US spy satellites have detected renewed activity at the North Korean factory that produced the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, a senior USA official said on Monday, in the midst of talks to compel Pyongyang to give up its nuclear arms.
North Korea has carried out a total of six nuclear tests, the most recent of which took place in September a year ago.
At the East Asia Summit ministerial, Pompeo will meet with his 17 counterparts to address the region's most critical security challenges, including the nuclear threat posed by Pyongyang, conflicts in the South China Sea, the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine state in Myanmar, and cybersecurity, among other topics. Experts have noted he did not promise to stop development.