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Trump: North Korea Released American Prisoners After Meeting With Sec. Pompeo

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet this morning that the three Americans detained in North Korea were on their way back to the United States with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

In a later tweet, Trump said the group would be land at Andrews Air Force Base at 2 a.m., presumably Thursday.

The three Americans, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk were all detained for several months. Kim Dong Chul was detained prior to Trump’s election, but Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk were detained in April and May of 2017, just as tensions between the United States and North Korea were beginning to escalate.

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Originally, U.S. officials said the release of the prisoners “must not be related or used to loosen the main issue of denuclearization.”

Last week, Trump tweeted: “As everybody is aware, the past Administration has long been asking for three detainees to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail. Stay tuned!”

He did not clarify that two of the detainees were detained during his presidency.

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