Three American detainees freed by North Korea, says Donald Trump

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

North Korea has released three US citizens from prison, according to a tweet by US President Donald Trump.

The move by Kim Jong-un is ahead of his historic meeting with the US President and is seen as easing tension between the two nations. 

The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was recently in Pyonyang to finalise the details for the meeting. 

Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul had been jailed for offences against the state and sentenced to labour camps. 


I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2018


The President also confirmed that a date and place had been set for the meeting with the North Korea leader in a duo of tweets that will also see him personally meet the returned prisoners upon their return. 

Kim Hak-song was held on suspicion of "hostile acts" in May 2017, while Tony Kim was arrested in April 2017 on espionage charges and Kim Dong-chul was accused of spying in 2015.