Donald Trump, who looks set to become the first sitting US President to meet a North Korean leader during a planned summit with Kim Jong Un, said last month his administration was fighting "very diligently to get the three Americans back".
According to Reuters and AFP, three American men have been relocated and are receiving medical treatment ahead of the release, which is rumoured to take place at the pending summit. They had reportedly been held at a labor prison camp.
However, evidence continues to mount that North Korea's promises may be good this time around and that the peace proposal is not a stall for weapon development time. That's a far cry from the 10 percent of South Koreans who said they approved of Kim in a Gallup Korea poll conducted just a month-and-a-half ago.
While the Trump administration has made bringing home Americans unjustly imprisoned overseas a hallmark of its policy, and many argue Kim Jong-un has much to gain from ceding to this demand, reports at press time do not confirm that the three prisoners are released - nor do they guarantee that they ultimately will be.
The Financial Times, also citing Choi's remarks, says that to them he added that Kim Dong-cheol, Kim Sang-deok, and Kim Hak-seong were also undergoing "ideological education".
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He had been charged with felony stalking and burglary over the 2014 incident in which he broke into Bullock's house. He was placed on five years probation and was ordered to continue treatment at a mental health facility.
United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said late Tuesday that Moon asked Guterres for United Nations support "to verify the imminent closure" of North Korea's nuclear test site. "I just hope and pray that God will lead us to a strong conclusion".
A major source of outside suspicion about Kim's sincerity is his use of the term, "the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" instead of "the denuclearization of North Korea". Activity at several spots along the border indicated North Koreans were doing the same, he said. The South broadcast a mixture of news, Korean pop songs and criticism of the northern regime, while the North blasted the southern government and praised its own socialist system.
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. Regional geopolitics and global power politics remain the most influencing drivers of the North Korean stalemate. A peace treaty has been one of the incentives North Korea has demanded in return for dismantling its nuclear program.
The other two hostages, Tony Kim and Kim Hak-Song were arrested past year on charges of "hostile acts" and remain in custody, the report states. South Korea broadcast K-pop songs as well as criticism of the North's abysmal human rights conditions, world news and weather forecasts.