Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Pompeo returning from North Korea with 3 American detainees, Trump says

Pompeo returning from North Korea with 3 American detainees, Trump says

Trump also announced he and Vice President Pence would travel to Joint Base Andrews to greet the hostages when they land, scheduled for early Thursday morning.

Tony Kim was detained at Pyongyang's airport in April 2017 and accused of unspecified "hostile acts" against the regime.

Trump's announcement comes one day after Trump officially withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal, a decision his predecessor condemned as "so misguided".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told a senior North Korean official in Pyongyang that the United States wants to work with North Korea to resolve their differences, while warning that challenges remain.

Trump said Pompeo had a "good meeting" adding, "Date & Place set", appearing to refer to a day and venue for the summit.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un made a second secret trip to China in less than two months to meet his counterpart Xi Jinping.

South Korea's presidential Blue House welcomed the release of the Americans, saying it would have a "positive effect" for upcoming negotiations.

At a historic meeting in the Demilitarized Zone last month, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in reaffirmed their commitment to a "common goal" of "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula in their Panmunjom Declaration.

When he arrived, Pompeo met for a business lunch with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong-chol, which the South Korean news service Yonhap identifies as the "head of the North's United Front Department handling inter-Korean relations".

Pompeo replied: "That's great", according to the official. He was accused of committing unspecified criminal acts meant to overthrow the government. "This was a hard decision."They were in the air less than an hour after leaving custody".

The U.S. has long demanded the release of Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song, the three American citizens who were imprisoned on charges of espionage or other anti-state activities against North Korea. They were detained in 2017 and charged with "hostile acts" against the North Korean state. "They seem to be in good health", he tweeted.

In comments to reporters ahead of a trip to North Korea, Pompeo said the USA was starting "to put some outlines around the substance of the agenda for the summit between the president and Chairman Un", The Times reported. But he did not offer specifics.

In this image released by the White House, then-CIA director Mike Pompeo shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea, during a 2018 trip.

The meeting is expected to take place in May or early June.

"I'm delighted for their families, as you know I've met all three of them past year when I was there, so I couldn't be more delighted", he said, adding now the USA must close this chapter and move on with summit preps. When a reporter asked him back on March 8 whether he would authorize negotiations, Trump said, "it's nearly beyond that".

USA officials had been pressing Kim to free the three remaining American detainees as a show of sincerity before the summit.

President Donald Trump had announced that three Americans have been released by North Korea ahead of talks between the two nations. He died days later. He served on the U.S. National Security Council during the presidency of George W. Bush. -North Korea tensions, already running high at the time over Pyongyang's stepped-up missile tests.

Kim and Xi's joyful walk on the beach, and the ability of China's leader to summon Kim over the border twice, is a reminder that China is vital to whatever happens next-a message that is beneficial for both authoritarian leaders.

South Koreans and North Koreans usually follow different rules in the English translations of their names, Delury said.

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