BREAKING: North Korea Meets Demands, Releases U.S. Prisoners

Three U.S. Citizens Have Been Released From North Korea

In an unprecedented move, North Korea has released three U.S. prisoners following requests from South Korea and the Trump administration. It is suspected the three Americans were in one of North Korea's most notorious labor camps.

Kim Dong-cheol, Kim Sang-deok, and Kim Hak-seong — three US citizens detained in North Korea for years — have been released from a suspected labor camp and given health treatment and ideological education in Pyongyang, according to the Financial Times.

"We heard it through our sources in North Korea late last month. We believe that Mr Trump can take them back on the day of the US-North Korea summit or he can send an envoy to take them back to the US before the summit," said Choi Sung-ryong, who campaigns for the release of detainees in North Korea.

So what this actually means is they've been transferred from a labor camp to a reeducation camp.


Whatever you call it, I can assure you the three Christians are happy to be moved from the brutal labor camp, and that's what we should focus on. The administration demanded that they be released as a show of good faith, and they were.

More good news. Something is going on in North Korea, we just don't know exactly what yet. This feels different than the other times. Maybe they are afraid of Trump. Maybe the economic pain is too much. Maybe China gave them an ultimatum, reform or be replaced. I don't know. It seems like things are moving the right direction, regardless.

They are giving up leverage, like ending the Korean War and returning prisoners, without anything in return for what I can tell.

Maybe Kim has decided that China's model is a lot better way to do things than the way they have been running NK for decades. You can still be a brutal totalitarian regime as long as the people have food to eat and gadgets to play with.


Ideological education? That does NOT sound like freedom to me.