Trump greets three US nationals released from the DPRK
2018-05-11 09:08:00

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet the three Americans just released from North Korea, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim, upon their arrival on May 10, 2018 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea and returned with the three men who have been detained in North Korea./VCG Photo

President Donald Trump greeted three US nationals, Kim Dong-chul, Kim Sang-duk (Tony Kim) and Kim Hak-song, at the Andrews Air Force Base early on Thursday.

The trio, who had been detained in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), returned to the US with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

The former detainees issued a statement, released by the State Department, thanking the US government, President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for securing their release.

The three Americans had been in DPRK custody since April 2016, April 2017, and May 2017 respectively due to espionage or "hostile acts."

Trump and First Lady Melania walked up the stairs to board the plane after it landed at Joint Base Andrews, a military base outside Washington, DC, at around 2:40 a.m. (0640 GMT).

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram