Report: Secretary Mike Pompeo To Return From N. Korea With Three American Detainees…

This report out of South Korea, while not confirmed, makes sense. Earlier today President Trump announced Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was en route to North Korea to finalize details for upcoming summit. Secretary Pompeo tweeted he was going to DPRK “at the invitation of N-Korean leadership.”

It makes sense, as an advanced gesture of goodwill ahead of the summit, for Kim Jong-un to release the U.S. captives.

SEOUL, May 9 (Yonhap) — North Korea is expected to release three U.S. citizens held in the communist state on Wednesday, an official from Seoul’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said, in an apparent goodwill gesture ahead of a historic meeting between its leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The official said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was expected to return with the exact time of the Trump-Kim summit, along with the three U.S. captives in North Korea. “We expect him to bring the date, time and the captives,” the official said, while speaking on condition of anonymity.  (more)

(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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235 Responses to Report: Secretary Mike Pompeo To Return From N. Korea With Three American Detainees…

  1. ilovevictoriasbows says:

    Hostages released. Brad Thor hardest hit.

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  2. 6x47 says:

    Lots of grousing over on the Dem side about how everyone criticized Obama for wanting to open dialogue with North Korea, but now everyone is celebrating Trump for doing it.

    But everyone knows, If Obama had entered into direct talks with Kim he would have been rolled. There would be no hostages released (as The One proved when he neglected to include the release of Americans held in Iran as part of that nuclear deal, “the United States doesn’t negotiate with terrorists”); North Korea would make no meaningful concessions at all; the US would agree to provide technical assistance to their “peaceful nuclear energy program”; and Kim would get several pallets of cash.

    Barack Obama gets rolled at the free samples stands in Cosco.

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  3. andyocoregon says:

    And once again, President Trump comes through with yet another Win for America. It really must have been very painful for CNN to have to publish this article attributing this successful release of the hostages to President Trump.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/09/politics/donald-trump-north-korea-detainees/index.html

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