North Korea just released three US Christian detainees! More winning for President Trump with help from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who met with the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month. The release of the detainees was a prerequisite for the talks between the US and North Korea to take place soon.
Sweden has also been helping negotiate the release of the three Americans:
CNN reported in March on the help from Sweden:
“Any movement on the issue of these detainees would be a huge deal for the US,” one source with knowledge of negotiations said, adding that Sweden did not issue any ultimatum during the weekend talks; rather, they brought it up as something that would “move things in the right direction”.
The three freed U.S. citizens detained for years in the communist country are the result of a demand of President Trump ahead of his planned meeting with Kim Jong-un.
The three Americans (pictured below) — Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim — were released from a North Korean labor camp and sent to Pyongyang for medical treatment, the Financial Times reported.
“We believe that Mr. Trump can take them back on the day of the U.S.-North Korea summit, or he can send an envoy to take them back to the U.S. before the summit,” said Choi Sung-ryong, an activist pursuing release of North Korea’s political prisoners.
The release of the three Americans marked another significant victory for the Trump administration, which also won North Korea’s agreement to discuss giving up its nuclear weapon program as a prerequisite for the talks.
National Security Adviser John R. Bolton had called for the release of the detainees, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly raised the issue during secret face-to-face talks with Mr. Kim last month in Pyongyang.
Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk worked at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Kim Dong Chul is the president of a company involved in international trade and hotel services. He was sentenced to 10 years on espionage charges.