The surprising changes in the North Korean regime continues. Three Americans who have been detained in North Korea have been relocated to a hotel where they are receiving medial treatment. This move comes ahead of the upcoming planned summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Trump tweeted on Wednesday night that “the past Administration has long been asking for three hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail. Stay tuned!”
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. Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018
Korean-Americans Kim Hak Song, Kim Dong Chul and Tony Kim were moved in early April from a labor camp to a hotel near Pyongyang, according to a South Korea news agency. The move came from a directive by top authorities.
Tony Kim, also known as Kim Sang Duk, 59, was a teacher at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology when detained by North Korean authorities at Pyongyang International Airport on April 22, 2017. After a month in captivity, he was accused of “committing criminal acts of hostility aimed to overturn [North Korea.]”
Kim Hak Song, 55, also worked at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology before his detention on May 6, 2017. He was detained on suspicion of committing “hostile acts” against the country’s government.
Kim Dong Chul, 64, was arrested in October 2015 and has been serving a 10-year term with hard labor for alleged espionage.
It’s been reported that Chul was a pastor, and in his public “confession,” Kim said he was a spy for the South Korea intelligence service and was trying to spread Christianity among North Koreans.
The Americans held in prison were a topic of conversation between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim when he recently visited the nation in his role as CIA director.
Trump and Kim are expected to meet by the end of May or early June. Trump earlier this week said he may favor meeting on the Demilitarized Zone, but also said Singapore was being considered for the meeting place.