Three American citizens, Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim (Kim Sang-duk), and Kim Hak-song were released by the North Korean government. They were released to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was in Pyongyang today to discuss preparations with North Korean officials for the upcoming U.S.–North Korea summit. All three Americans are in good condition
and will be arriving with Secretary Pompeo at 2:00 AM on May 10
at Andrews Air Force Base.
The three Americans had been detained in North Korea for more than a year. Tony Kim
(since April 2017) and Kim Hak-song
(since May 2017) were both teaching at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) when they were detained by the North Korean regime for alleged “hostile acts” against the regime. The third American Kim Dong-chul
was a businessman formerly from Virginia who was detained in October 2015 for allegedly spying on the regime and sentenced to 10 years of hard labor in April 2016.