According to a report in the Financial Times, North Korea released three American detainees. Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song, Kim Sang Duk (aka Tony Kim) were released from labor camps and sent to Pyongyang for medical treatment.

The release complies with one of President Trump’s requests prior to the upcoming summit.

From Business Insider:

North Korea has released three US detainees in the country, according to media reports, and it meets some of President Donald Trump demands for Pyongyang to demonstrate sincerity before the historic meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Kim Dong-cheol, Kim Sang-deok, and Kim Hak-seong — three US citizens detained in North Korea for years — have been released from a suspected labor camp and given health treatment and ideological education in Pyongyang, according to the Financial Times.

“We heard it through our sources in North Korea late last month. We believe that Mr Trump can take them back on the day of the US-North Korea summit or he can send an envoy to take them back to the US before the summit,” said Choi Sung-ryong, who campaigns for the release of detainees in North Korea.

The news follows Trump’s hawkish National Security Adviser, John Bolton, calling for the release of the detainees. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly spoke with Kim about the detainees during the pair’s secretive meeting in April.

Last summer, Otto Warmbier, an American student detained in North Korea, was released, only to die days after being flown back to the US.


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