Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promises North Korea 'prosperous' future

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promises North Korea 'prosperous' future

Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim, and Kim Dong-chul flashed peace signs as they emerged from the airplane, and they appeared to be in decent health.

The welfare and safety of USA citizens overseas is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State.We are grateful for the support of the Government of Sweden, our protecting power in Pyongyang, which has tirelessly advocated for USA citizens in need in the DPRK.

Pompeo's plane is expected to arrive at Andrews first, followed by a military medical plane carrying the three men who had been imprisoned.

"Singapore is neither too far away as European nations are, allowing Kim Jong Un's private jet to make it here without refueling, nor too close that Trump might be seen as "giving way" to Kim by having to travel a longer distance than the latter", said Nah Liang Tuang, a research fellow at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies.

"I'm very honored to have helped the three folks", he said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the prisoners home after his second meeting with Kim.

Suki Kim, investigative journalist & award-winning author of "Without You, There is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korean Elite". North Korea is expected to demand some form of relief nearly immediately. "For me, it was labor, but when I was sick, they treated me". It was Pompeo's first since becoming the head of the State Department. President Donald Trump is on hand to greet them.

Several lucky South Korean K-pop stars have had the honor to perform in North Korea and in front of Kim Jong Un nonetheless.

Trump thanked North Korean leader Kim for releasing the Americans and said he believes Kim wants to reach an agreement on denuclearization at their upcoming summit.

When asked if he deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, Trump laughed and replied, "Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it".

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Pence also told CBS he spoke Wednesday with the family of Otto Warmbier, an American detainee who died past year shortly after his release from North Korean captivity.

Also at play: similarities between Trump and Kim.

An example of a country that accepted US economic help is Japan after World War II, which was able to recover after losing the war. He was accused of committing unspecified criminal acts meant to overthrow the government.

The other two detainees hadn't been tried. However, typically, the détente has been short lived.

On April 30, Trump said that if things worked out as a summit in Panmunjom, "there is a great celebration to be had on the site, not in a third-party country".

US officials had called for North Korea to take bold actions and concrete steps toward denuclearization.

The president has hailed the thawing in relations as a diplomatic breakthrough and chalked it up to his hardline stand with Pyongyang. Three lives are likely saved by their release.

Trump confirmed the Americans' release on Wednesday morning, saying the group was airborne.

Kim, meanwhile, probably intended for the Dalian meeting to signal that "China remains an ally of North Korea and thus will be there to support him should Trump set the price too high for a deal", Tsang said.

Rumors had swirled for days around the possibility North Korea might release the three Americans ahead of the summit, especially once Pompeo's visit to Pyongyang was revealed.

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