For months, three Americans – Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk (also known as Tony Kim) – have been detained in North Korean prison camps. Then a single report yesterday afternoon began to spread: that they’ve been freed.
The latest information – per Reuters? They haven’t. The latest from CNN? The release is “imminent.” Then there’s what President Trump is saying. “As everybody is aware, the past Administration has long been asking for three hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail,” he offered via Twitter late last night. “Stay tuned!”
What we know for certain at this point is that there is no immediate confirmation of any change in the detainees’ status. Still, the Trump administration officials have reportedly been pressing for their release as a show of goodwill by the regime in advance of the U.S.-North Korea summit, which is expected in late this month or early next month.