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Trump welcomes back Americans freed by N Korea

Trump welcomes back Americans freed by N Korea

"We want to thank Kim Jong Un, who really was excellent to these three incredible people", Trump said as he welcomed the three men back to the USA early on Thursday morning.

President Trump and the freed Americans spoke briefly to the press.

Trump, who personally greeted the trio at the Andrews Air Force Base, praised Kim for their release ahead of their summit.

"We very much appreciate that he allowed them to go before the meeting", he said.

Former American detainee Kim Dong-chul on Thursday said he had been forced to do extensive manual labor and had fallen ill during over two-years' imprisonment in North Korea.

After arriving in the United States, the three men - Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song, and Kim Sang Duk - were transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further evaluation and medical treatment.

After addressing the return of the three American detainees, Trump was asked about the prospects of making a deal with the North Korean leader.

Welcoming the three Americans at a military base outside Washington, Mr Trump said of Mr Kim: "I really think he wants to do something". A White House spokeswoman said they would be taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in nearby Maryland for further medical evaluation. "Date & Place set", Trump said referring to the meeting Pompeo had with the North Korean leader. We have a meeting scheduled in a very short period of time.

While the media spins fake scandals, President Trump is making meaningful things happen.

The release of the last USA detainees in North Korea appeared to signal an effort by Kim to improve the tone for the summit and followed his recent pledge to suspend missile tests and shut a nuclear bomb test site. "We will see if we can do something", Trump told reporters.

Tensions began to ease, coinciding with the North's participation in the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February. Singapore has diplomatic ties with North Korea but suspended all trade with the country in November past year as global sanctions were tightened.

Mr. Trump's diplomatic success story came after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea for the second time since Easter weekend. The meeting would be the first between a sitting USA president and a leader of North Korea. He also refused to comment on whether he has spoken to the North Korean leader. More than a dozen abductees still remain missing, according to the Japanese government.

Trump, however, said Wednesday that he ruled out the demilitarized zone as a potential meeting site. He was in Pyongyang to arrange the summit meeting, which Trump hopes to use to persuade Kim Jong-un to abandon his nuclear weapons program.

It will be the first ever summit between the leaders of the two countries.

Some analysts have questioned Trump's haste in setting up a meeting with Kim, saying the summit alone confers vast prestige on the leader among the North Korean people.


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