Early Thursday morning Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. with three happy Americans. Americans Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul, exited the plane with HUGE smiles on their faces around 3:00 EST this morning.
According to BBC reports,President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump boarded the aircraft , then came out a few minutes later with the the three former north Korean prisoners to greet the media.
The BBC reports:
The three men had been jailed for anti-state activities and placed in labour camps.
Their release came during a visit to Pyongyang by Mr Pompeo to arrange details of the meeting between Mr Trump and Mr Kim.
“I appreciate Kim Jong-un doing this and allowing them to go,” Mr Trump said.
“All indications are at this point that their health is as good as could be given that they’ve been held,” Pompeo said.
The three men, Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul, were smiling and waving and appeared in good health.
In an impromptu chat before the media with Mr Trump, Kim Dong-chul said: “It’s like a dream and we are very, very happy. We were treated in many different ways. For me, I had to do a lot of labour. But when I got sick I was also treated by them.”
The three had released an earlier statement saying: “We would like to express our deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo and the people of the United States for bringing us home.
“We thank God and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return.”
The trio had been jailed for anti-state activities and placed in labour camps.