The White House has released a statement responding to North Korea's decision to release three detained American citizens. The statement calls the release a "positive gesture of goodwill."
Kim Hak-song, Kim Sang Du, and Kim Dong Chul were released to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. They are on their way back to the United States.
"President Trump appreciates leader Kim Jong Un's action to release these American citizens, and views this as a positive gesture of goodwill," reads the statement. "The three Americans appear to be in good condition and were all able to walk on the plane without assistance. All Americans looks forward to welcoming them home and seeing them reunited with their loved ones."
They had been held for the past year in North Korea. President Trump announced the news on Wednesday on Twitter. He shared that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is returning to the U.S. with the former detainees.
He also shared that he will be there to greet them when they land early Thursday morning.
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 of Pyongyang in two months, reported CNN. They return just as President Trump prepares to meet with Kim Jong Un face-to-face in a history-making meeting.
"Trump's administration had previously said that if the North Koreans freed the three Americans, it would be viewed as a goodwill gesture ahead of the planned summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un," added CNN.
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