Welcome Home! Trump Greets 3 Americans Freed from North Korea – Unique Facts About Prisoners (EXCLUSIVE Photos from Meeting)

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POTUS Donald Trump met 3 US citizens who came back home after being held captive in North Korea, Business Insider reports. 

Source: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

In a nutshell 

The release of three Americans from North Korea has been discussed for weeks,  and it’s an extremely important step before the upcoming negotiations on the summit between POTUS Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“I really think he wants to do something and bring his country into the real world,” Trump stated to CNN.

“I think this will be a very big success. It’s never been taken this far, there’s never been a relationship like this. Some great things can happen, and that’s what we hope,” he added.

Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk were freed during US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s second visit to the North Korean capital.

“Frankly, we didn’t think this was going to happen, and it did. It was a very important thing to all of us,” Kim Dong Chul said, “It’s like a dream and we are very very happy. We were treated in many different ways.”

So, here what Nexter.org knows about three released Americans:

Kim Hak-song

Source: KTLA

Kim Hak-song was working at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology  (PUST) as an agricultural expert who’d been teaching rice-growing at the university. He was detained last May

“I believe 100% that you served our people with love,” his wife said in an interview last May. “I hope you can stay strong there and hope you can return to our family very soon.”

Kim was born in China near the borders of North Korea and is a naturalized US citizen.

“Professor Kim was a man who would call North Korea as his own country. He went to Pyongyang to devote himself to the development of North Korea’s agricultural technology so that the North can be self-sufficient with food,” said his former classmate, David Kim.

Kim Dong Chul

Source: ABC

Kim Dong Chul is also a naturalized US citizen who lived in Virginia and was detained at the end of 2015 and accused of spying.

He had an interview while he was arrested in North Korea, but it was hard to understand whether he said things under the pressure of the authorities or it was the truth.

Specifically, he stated he was South Korea spy, who gathered facts and photographs of military secrets.

Kim Sang Duk

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Source: NBC News

Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim, was arrested last year at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST). He was teaching accounting and business at PUST.

Kim was about to leave the country on April 22, 2017, when North Korean officials accused him of attempting to overthrow the North Korean government.

His son, Sol Kim expressed the happiness about the release of his father and other two Americans in the Facebook post:

"My family and I appreciate the ongoing support for the release of the 3 Americans (#USA3) detained in North Korea…

Gepostet von Free USA 3 am Mittwoch, 2. Mai 2018

Also, he thanked POTUS for the release, “Maybe now that we’re kind of close to the end … the last few steps for him to be released seems to be going a lot slower than the first year, the whole year.”


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