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North Korea Reportedly Frees Three American Detainees

North Korea Reportedly Frees Three American Detainees

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

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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So when will this monster free the 200,000 people he’s got being tortured in concentration camps?

Defectors from North Korea describe concentration camp:
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/21/defectors-from-north-korea-describe-concentration-camp-daily-life.html

    Even if Kim Jong-un is another Gorbachev, reconciliation will still be a process. He’s one man.

      Tom Servo in reply to n.n. | May 3, 2018 at 12:28 am

      We don’t need to care about “reconciliation”, and we don’t need to care about “rebuilding” the norks or whatever. Let the Chinese do it if they’re so interested.

      All America needs to care about is shutting down the Nuke development and ending the ICBM tests. Kim stops those two things, then I don’t see why we should give a damn about whatever else goes on there. Kim stays, Kim goes, whatever. Missiles. Nukes. Now that’s our problem, nothing else.

That is wonderful news.

4th armored div | May 2, 2018 at 5:17 pm

ask Muller if he wants to stop our POTUS from doing the job that all previous presidents could NOT accomplish.

if Muller is a (R), he is a #NeverTrump buddy of the ragman.

SkyCaptain | May 2, 2018 at 5:32 pm

I’ll believe the seriousness of North Korean leadership on ending the Korean War when they return the USS Pueblo.

NOT “Free” move 3 Americans to Military Hospital to Save their lives for bargaining chips.. after Hospital they’re to be placed in a reeducation camp.. so still NOT “Free”.. so just Not Starved To Death in a concentration camp aka prison

    elle in reply to mathewsjw. | May 2, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I’m sure the prisoners will welcome having their lives saved and not being starved.

    It will be nice when they are truly free though.

Close The Fed | May 2, 2018 at 6:07 pm

One step at a time…

Uh-huh, Pyongyang’s right up there at the top of the list of places I’d want to be sent for “medical treatment.” And I don’t think the “ideological education” will make it much better.

If this is NK’s idea of normalizing relations, I think they have some disappointments in store.

There’s a reason there are pawns on a chessboard…

This headline is really starting to annoy me. Being shipped off to Pyongyang is not being “freed”. Not even close. The prisoners were moved from one prison to another. Big f’n deal.

I’m amazed at the willingness of anyone to be conned by the Nork’s charm offensive. Shoot, it’s not even willingness—it’s enthusiasm, and it’s seriously unjustified. There’s nothing remotely charming about Kim et al. Compared to Rocket Boy, Saddam Hussein was a restrained, sensible and mature leader.

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