North Korea to Soon Release Three US Prisoners

Hannah Rogers
May 4, 2018

Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to prepare options for reducing the number of United States troops in South Korea, the New York Times has reported, citing several people briefed on the matter.

The Trump-Kim meeting is expected to be held late May or early June, following the historic summit between the leaders of the two Koreas held last week.

Separate from the negotiations aimed at curtailing Pyongyang's nuclear program and ending hostilities between the two Koreas, Seoul and Washington have been renegotiating the cost-sharing agreement for basing us troops in South Korea, which expires at the end of the year.

The three are believed to be in a North Korean labor camp. Experts have long said the presence of usa soldiers and civilians so close to North Korea has long served as a deterrent to a physical conflict. However, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appeared to say the issue might be open to discussion. We want to see our American citizens brought home. "Congress must remain well-informed throughout any talks with the Kim regime, particularly if an agreement requires the removal of sanctions as an inducement to North Korea taking steps toward denuclearization", they wrote.

CNN, citing an unnamed source, said on Thursday the prisoners' release was imminent, adding the groundwork for the move was laid two months ago when North Korea's foreign minister traveled to Sweden and proposed the idea. "Stay tuned!" the president tweeted. "He had been living in Rason, North Korea, in a special economic zone where he ran a trading and hotel services company".

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Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk were both arrested in the North past year.

Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang-duk or Tony Kim were both working at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, founded by evangelical Christians from overseas, when they were detained past year on suspicion of "hostile acts". He taught accounting at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.

Kim Hak-song who taught agricultural technology in Pyongyang was also arrested for "hostile activities" at the railway station while waiting for a train bound for his home in Dandong, China in May past year. Kim Dong-chul was arrested in October 2016 and sentenced to 10 years of hard labor on charges of spying.

While Kim has long insisted that USA troops leave the peninsula, and railed against the annual U.S.

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