Americans freed by North Korea before Trump-Kim summit head home

North korea leader makes second visit to China

"We would like to express our deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and the people of the United States for bringing us home", Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul said in a statement.

I could be wrong, but my guess is that we gave them nothing.

"I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health", Trump tweeted. If they didn't get anything here, apart from a chance to meet with Trump, then perhaps they're learning there will no longer be rewards for such behavior.

Chinese state media broadcast pictures of Xi and Kim meeting outdoors and walking together along Dalian's waterfront.

Two months later, North Korea announced it would send athletes to the Winter Olympics in neighbouring South Korea and so began the charm offensive of 2018.

The men are flying to Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, where Mr Trump will welcome them early on Thursday.

"We're granting amnesty to the three detained Americans", the North Korean emissary told Pompeo at Pyongyang's Koryo Hotel, according to the senior USA official who requested anonymity to discuss the exchange.

Mr. Pence kept the secret on Tuesday when he briefed senators on Mr. Trump's decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. Two, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-song, were taken hostage past year - when Trump was president. Trump said on Twitter that there had been a "good meeting with Kim Jong-un", adding: "Date & Place set".

Seoul echoed that sentiment, with Moon's press secretary predicting it would be a "very positive factor" for the talks' success, according to a statement cited by Yonhap news agency.

Spokesman Yoon Young-chan also called upon the North to release six South Koreans it has in prison.

Tony Kim, Kim Hak-song, and Kim Dong-chul are the three men held hostage.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency has reported Kim is in his late 50s and said he had been involved in relief activities for children in rural parts of North Korea.

"PUST faculty members [who are] US citizens are still barred from traveling to North Korea as of now", Park says.

Speaking to reporters as he returned from North Korea, Pompeo said his meetings with the North Koreans were "very productive". "Now we are hopeful that we can work together to resolve this conflict", Pompeo said, adding that "there are many challenges along the way".

"We must take the recent momentum towards denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula and towards peace and security in Northeast Asia, and, cooperating even further with worldwide society, make sure this is linked to concrete action by North Korea", Abe told a news conference after the meeting.

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