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3 Americans Held in North Korea are on Their Way Back to US ‘in good health’ Trump says

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There’s another major development in the ongoing saga of North Korean diplomacy. Three Americans that were being held by the rogue regime have been released. President Trump made the announcement Wednesday, noting that the three men were “in good health,” and on their way home with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Pompeo’s visit to North Korea was a surprise, and seems to have had a most successful outcome.

“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 tweeted. The former prisoners are “in good health.”

This is a huge moment for Trump’s foreign policy team. President Trump also announced that he has set a date and time for his meeting with Kim Jong Un.

“Pompeo arrived in North Korea on Tuesday to prepare for the upcoming summit between the two leaders,” Fox writes. “Trump, announcing Pompeo’s visit, had hinted at the possibility of the prisoner’s release.”

When reporters asked about the release of the prisoners on Tuesday, Trump seemed optimistic. “It would be a great thing if they are [freed], we’ll soon be finding out.”

The news of Pompeo’s visit to North Korea was buried by the attention being given to Trump’s dramatic exit from the Iran nuclear agreement. The future of relations with Iran are uncertain, though it appears that Trump’s hard-line approach with North Korea is proceeding as planned.

The prisoners will all return to the U.S. today, and will be greeted at Andrews Air Force Base by President Trump.

“Kim Dong Chul, a South Korea-born U.S. citizen and former Virginia resident, was sentenced in April 2016 to 10 years in prison with hard labor after being convicted of espionage,” Fox notes.

“Tony Kim was detained at Pyongyang’s airport in April 2017 and accused of unspecified ‘hostile acts’ against the regime. He taught accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.”

“Kim Hak Song, an ethnic Korean born in China, was detained in May 2017 for ‘hostile acts.’ He worked in agricultural development at an experimental farm run by the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, which was founded in 2010 with donations from Christian groups.”