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Thanks to Trump, 3 Detained Americans Have Been Released from North Korea

12 May, 2018, 23:10 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are planning the first face-to-face North Korea-U.S. summit since the end of the Korean War in 1953

"We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we are now close partners with and our hope that we can achieve the same with respect to North Korea".

Mr Trump said on their arrival that he believed Mr Kim wanted to bring North Korea "into the real world" and had high hopes for their planned meeting, which would be the first between a serving USA president and a North Korean leader. United States officials said the release of Americans Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul removed a major obstacle to the summit, providing Trump with some tangible evidence that his twin-track policy of engagement and "maximum pressure" was working.

Shinzo Abe said in a televised interview that Kim should understand that agreements with the United States and South Korea on better relations and denuclearization are not enough to win Japanese aid, and that the abductees must be released.

He said he had had good conversations with Kim, who he found to be a focused and rational interlocutor. "I don't think that we were sure we were going to get these prisoners in the first place", Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told reporters, "So I think we should clearly give the president some leeway on preparing for this summit".

North Korea initially pushed for Pyongyang, while the United States preferred a neutral third-country location.

Speculation has emerged that Trump may visit Japan to brief Abe about the outcome of his meeting with Kim in Singapore. But he says Trump deserves credit for bringing Kim to the negotiating table.

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". According to South Korean media, he had been involved in humanitarian work in the North.

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Kang praised the upcoming summit between Trump and Kim, calling for continued cooperation between South Korea and the U.S.in the weeks leading up to the June 12 summit.

"Now that North Korea has accepted in principle that agreements should be verified, USA negotiators should hold them to this standard for any subsequent agreement", said Adam Mount, a senior defense analyst at the Federation of American Scientists.

The three men had been jailed for anti-state activities and placed in labour camps.

President Donald Trump speaks as he stands with Tony Kim, second left, Kim Dong Chul, center right, and Kim Hak Song, right, three Americans detained in North Korea for more than a year, after they arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., May 10, 2018.

The last American to be freed - Otto Warmbier, who was jailed for stealing a hotel sign - was released previous year but was fatally ill, and died shortly after returning home.

U.S. officials had looked at several sites other than Singapore for the historic meeting but each was seen as problematic. In 2008, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) rescued the family from China and settled them as refugees in the U.S.

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