Report: North Korea Preparing to Release Three U.S. Hostages…

It was originally reported on April 30th, 2018, that Kim Jong-un had moved three U.S. nationals (w/ South Korean ancestry) from labor camps to Pyongyang where they were undergoing medical treatment, rehabilitation and rest in advance of a plan to be released.

Those initial reports are now being confirmed by alternate media sources.  The original report from inside the DPRK stated they were “reportedly being prepared to be released to US authorities either prior to or on the day of the US-North Korea summit”; and the captives were being debriefed (“coached” or “indoctrinated”) to tell authorities their human rights were not violated during their stay in the DPRK.

(left to right) Kim Dong Chul, Kim Sang Duk, Kim Hak Soon

Kim Dong Chul, Kim Sang Duk, Kim Hak Soon are the names of the three hostages being released.  Two of the captives, Hak-Soon and Sang Duk, belong to the Pyongyang Univ of Science & Technology and were taken in in Apr & May 2017: they’ve been held for a year. The third, Kim Dong Chul, is an ordained minister taken in 2015 when he was commuting to Rason from China and and has been serving a 10-year sentence on espionage charges.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo specifically requested their release while visiting Pyongyang on Easter weekend. The three are US citizens with Korean heritage.  National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Fox News Sunday that North Korea could show its sincerity by releasing US hostages prior to the summit.

In March of this year Sweden was initially playing a large role and helping negotiate the terms of the North-South Korea summit as well as the release of three Americans held captive in North Korea.

“We believe that Mr. Trump can take them back on the day of the U.S.-North Korea summit, or he can send an envoy to take them back to the U.S. before the summit,” said Choi Sung-ryong, an activist pursuing release of North Korea’s political prisoners.

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194 Responses to Report: North Korea Preparing to Release Three U.S. Hostages…

  1. mikey says:

    Recommendation to Kim Jong-un. Lose the Mao look and put on some jeans and a tee-shirt.

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  2. New Nonna to be Again!!! says:

    And I think Liarly wears her suits made by the same tailor. That side view is a dead ringer!

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  3. Pam says:

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  4. Pam says:

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    • Jan says:

      If these 3 guys get released and back home and haven’t been ruined physically and/or mentally and get their lives back, thank you Pres. Trump. But I’m not ever going to forget Otto Warmbier and what the NoKo did to this college kid. I can think of many American elite who deserve 5 times worse treatment than Mr. Warmbier. So maybe if Mr. little rocket man apologizes for what he did to Mr. Warmbier, I might be magnanimous & say thanks for returning these 3 Americans. But LRM, tread very carefully because something is aimed at your head, even as you think you’re protected. His name is GOD & your time for “repenting” is sparse. To Mr. Warmbier, please RIP. We won’t forget you.

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  5. A2 says:

    Newly sworn in Sec of State Pompeo today has set out the official US position on the DPRK. Read every word. Carefully. PVID. All WMD: nuclear, chemical, and biological. Without delay.

    Yes.

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  6. Progress without the support of Democrats and GOPe? I guess they are becoming irrelevant. Somebody please tell the media.

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  7. Dale carney says:

    Now let’s get are navy ship back from North Korea that was take back in the 50s

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  8. czarowniczy says:

    Great…now…let’s get to that issue of full return on US Korean War POW bodies buried in NK including the ones of live US POWs who died in NK after they were not repatriated. Russians aren’t returning the bodies of US POWs captured in NK (neither are the Chinese) and taken to Russia but neither are they returning our WW II US POWs they captured as they overran German stalags.
    Baby steps, baby steps, let’s bring home those from NK.

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    • We just had one returned recently who died in a POW camp in 1951.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Yeah, I worked on the team in the late-90s that reviewed the CI debrief teams’ records of the Big and Little Switch POWs.
        They came home in ships so there was plenty of time for the CI folks to get their stories. We were going thru the records at Ft Meade before they were sent to the National Archives for storage.
        We were looking for any mention of where POWs/MIAs were last seen so that search teams could be be given target areas to search when NK gave us permissions. It was hard work by many creating and cross-indexing these lists but every time over the last 20+ years when I see another Korean War POW/MIA returned home I can’t help but wonder if he were one we worked on.
        BTW, those records also pointed us to those lost in China and Russia from that war.

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  9. 4sure says:

    How the hell did Stormy and Russia get left out of this?

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  10. Saw an interesting take on Kim Jong Un’s new attitude on YouTube.

    Basically, the theory is the new, improved Kim is just a variation on the same old theme: Foment a crisis, followed by a charm offensive to get concessions and money from the “international community” by telling them what they want to hear.

    The author says Kim is suddenly open to “ending” his nuke and missile programs because they are COMPLETED. Mission accomplished. No more need for testing: His nukes are cocked and locked and ready to rock, so he’ll be very happy to let inspectors observe the decommissioning of no-longer-necessary labs and facilities.

    Kim’s relaxed manner could well be a reflection of his confidence that he is now a member of the nuclear club, and is no longer worried about being deposed or invaded. Happiness is a warm gun.

    Author also opines that Kim’s concessions will mostly be trivial and symbolic; releasing a few prisoners, some de-nuclearization theater to satisfy the “international community”.

    The big question: Will President Trump fall for Kim’s charade (if that’s what it is, as experience suggests) out of eagerness to claim a major foreign policy victory? OR, will he be savvy enough to DEMAND more than empty symbolism which Kim will surely reject?

    Time will tell.

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    • jello333 says:

      Nope, I think that theory is totally wrong. Including this:

      “Kim’s relaxed manner could well be a reflection of his confidence that he is now a member of the nuclear club”

      I’d say the truth is much closer to this:

      “Kim’s relaxed manner could well be a reflection of his joy at being released from the cage that he (like the people of NK in general) has been locked in his whole life. Key provided by one Donald J. Trump.”

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      • We’ll see: The proof will be in how much real change Kim agrees to.

        Will the DMZ is comes down like the Berlin wall?

        Another theory (via Thomas Wictor): That big collapse at the NorK nuke test mountain killed a bunch of his top scientists and more importantly a lot of the senior leadership of the Korean People’s Army. As Wictor explains, in the gangster regime of North Korea the senior KPA leaders are under bosses upon whose support Kim depends for his power. If they were removed, Kim is freed from the need to earn their loyalty.

        Wictor thinks it was a secret space weapon that caused the collapse: Very doubtful IMO, but nonetheless there could have been significant casualties of senior leaders.

        Wictor thinks Kim was as much a prisoner as any other North Korean, but now his opposition is much depleted and he can consolidate his own personal power.

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        • jello333 says:

          I agree with Wictor completely on this.

          “That big collapse at the NorK nuke test mountain killed a bunch of his top scientists and more importantly a lot of the senior leadership of the Korean People’s Army. As Wictor explains, in the gangster regime of North Korea the senior KPA leaders are under bosses upon whose support Kim depends for his power. If they were removed, Kim is freed from the need to earn their loyalty.”

          Yep, no matter what caused it (and I suspect WE may have had a hand), it was a good thing. And yes, I think it helped free Kim himself, who I again agree: “Wictor thinks Kim was as much a prisoner as any other North Korean.” I don’t think it can be over-emphasized just how important it is that Kim likes a lot about “the West”, including pop culture. It may sound crazy, but I think that’s VERY important. (And yes, I have to give goofy, but SMART, Dennis Rodman some credit here too 😉 )

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  11. reverence1 says:

    And this is a thread by Thomas Wictor, unconventional as usual:
    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/989998822918053889.html

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