President Donald Trump just tweeted that newly-confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and flying home with three American citizens who had been detained by North Korea as “prisoners of war.”
The regime of Kim Jong-un says that it granted release as a goodwill gesture, ahead of expected talks with President Trump to address the drawing down of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
One of the prisoners, Kim Hak-song, was an agricultural researcher with Pyongyang University who was detained for unspecified “hostile acts” against the regime. Tony Kim, arrested in April, was teaching a finance course at the university when he was arrested at Pyongyang Airport while attempting to return home.
The final prisoner, Kim Dong-chul, has been in North Korea the longest, having been arrested back in 2015.