Family of Prisoner Released by North Korea: 'We Mostly Thank God'

Family of Prisoner Released by North Korea: 'We Mostly Thank God'

Family of Prisoner Released by North Korea: 'We Mostly Thank God'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he accepted a USA suggestion to release to American detainees and gave them amnesty, state media said on Thursday.

State media KCNA also said that Kim reached a satisfactory consensus with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo upon their meeting. We want to thank all of those who have worked toward and contributed to his return home.

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"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". Trump announced the Americans had been freed on Twitter. The second such visit for the North Korean leader in two months.

When asked if he thinks he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his negotiations with North Korea, Trump responded with uncharacteristic modesty.

The choice of venue could not be confirmed independently, but Singapore was one of the possible sites mentioned by Trump, who had ruled out a meeting in the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas. The two others - Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim - were working at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology when they were detained about a year ago.

The fate of the three Korean-Americans had been among a number of delicate issues in the run-up to summit, which is being planned for late May or early June.

According to China´s official Xinhua news agency, Kim told Xi that "relevant parties" should "abolish their hostile policies and remove security threats against the DPRK".

By the end of what he called "a long day", Pompeo seemed to have cleaned up his act and called the North Korean leader "Chairman Kim" in speaking to reporters.


"You should make care that they do not make the same mistakes again", the North Korean official was quoted as saying.

Kim, who is in his mid 50s, was born in Jilin, China, and educated at a university in California, CNN reported, citing a man who had studied with him.

Kim, who is at the centre of a whirlwind of diplomacy as the global community looks to curtail the North's nuclear programme, said his summit with Trump "would be a historic meeting" and an "excellent first step".

"This means the North is seeking a global commitment to a deal with the U.S. to prevent the United States from unilaterally rolling it back", Koh told AFP.

North Korea had accused Kim Dong-chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim, all Korean-Americans, of anti-state activities but their arrests were widely seen as politically motivated and had compounded the dire state of relations over the isolated nation's nuclear weapons.

Hopefully we didn't agree to lift sanctions or turn a blind eye to the Norks' nuclear pursuits as the price for this, but for now let's be happy for the men whose freedom has finally been won.

Abe praised efforts by Moon and China to engage North Korea and said further efforts on denuclearisation were essential.

There was also no sign that Pompeo's visit had cleared up the question of whether North Korea would be willing to bargain away nuclear missiles that might threaten the United States.

People can be jailed by the regime for nearly anything, activists say, with crimes ranging from watching a South Korean DVD to trying to defect from the country.

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