North Korea Releases 3 American Prisoners

Trump tweets that he'll be there to greet the plane at 2am
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2018 7:58 AM CDT
In this April 29, 2016, file photo, Kim Dong Chul, center, a US citizen detained in North Korea, is escorted to his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea. imprisoned in the North.   (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon, File)
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(Newser) – American prisoners Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song, and Kim Sang Duk are once again free men and on their way home following their release Wednesday from North Korea. "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 early Wednesday.

Trump later tweeted that the plane would be touching down stateside at 2am Thursday, and "I will be there to greet them." CNN notes that Kim Dong Chul has been imprisoned since before Trump's election. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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