TRUMP: North Korea Has Released Three U.S. Hostages

US President Donald Trump broke the news on Twitter, saying the three detained Americans “seem to be in good health.”

Ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, North Korea has released three U.S. hostages.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had flown to North Korea, and the hostages are now flying back to the U.S. with him.

Here’s what Trump said on Twitter:

“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. They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set.”

Trump says he will greet the released Americans when they arrive in the U.S.

“Secretary Pompeo and his “guests” will be landing at Andrews Air Force Base at 2:00 A.M. in the morning. I will be there to greet them. Very exciting!”

The White House released a statement on the developments:

“At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other representatives of the United States government traveled to Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9 to prepare for the President’s upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. During Secretary Pompeo’s visit, the North Korean leadership released three American detainees.  President Trump appreciates leader Kim Jong Un’s action to release these American citizens, and views this as a positive gesture of goodwill.  The three Americans appear to be in good condition and were all able to walk on the plane without assistance. All Americans look forward to welcoming them home and to seeing them reunited with their loved ones.”

The release of the hostages, combined with recent moves towards peace on the Korean Peninsula are seen by many as a vindication of Trump’s approach, which combines both a sense of toughness, and a willingness to make a deal from a position of strength.

Spencer Fernando

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