They later gave the president a round of applause.
Suggesting that recovery from their ordeals would take time, Mr Pence recounted that Mr Pompeo told him that at the refuelling stop in Anchorage "one of the detainees asked to go outside the plane because he hadn't seen daylight in a very long time".
For the April 27 summit talks between Mr Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae In at the border village of Panmunjom, the South immediately made public the results of ministerial negotiations between the two sides a month earlier, which included the summit day.
"We think relationships are building with North Korea", Trump had said, adding: "We'll see how it all works out".
Even though South Korea said previously it had confirmed the women's free will, Baik on Friday admitted that ministry officials have never been able to directly interview the women who were being protected by the NIS.
The choice of Singapore was widely expected after Trump ruled out plans to meet in the truce village of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean Peninsula. "Our Cold War fears have come back with a vengeance to haunt us since North Korea detonated an H-bomb and tested long-range missiles".
Other details about the planned meeting were not immediately released, but Trump hopes to reach a deal in which North Korea agrees to permanent denuclearization.
The meeting has been compared to Richard Nixon when he met with Chinese leader Mao Zedong in 1972.
"We're starting off on a new footing", Trump said.
The situation: Israel launched a missile strike on Syria
An Israeli artillery unit takes position near the Syrian border in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, on May 9, 2018. Asked about those statements, an Israeli military spokeswoman said: "We do not respond to such foreign reports".
The group then emerged at the top of the plane's steps, where the men held up their arms in an exuberant display.
"The U.S. should bear in mind that it will conform to the demand of the world community and to its own interests to show etiquette and sincerity to its dialogue partner", it added.
"This is a special night for these three really great people", Trump told reporters.
But former spy chief Kim Yong Chul, director of North Korea's United Front Department, said in a toast to Pompeo over lunch in Pyongyang: "We have perfected our nuclear capability". "For me, I had to do a lot of labor, but when I got sick, I was also treated by them".
The men are now at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for what's called "decompression time".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo retrieved the men during a trip to Pyongyang to finalize the details of the summit. "Inside of North Korea, there are thousands of people that will still die and keep dying in the future". We looked them straight in the eye and they said to us verbatim, 'God bless America.
The campaign of diplomacy has allowed tensions to ease on the Korean Peninsula, but they were high throughout much of 2017, fueled by North Korea's missile tests and its advancing nuclear weapons program, as well as USA military exercises and Trump's threatening statements.
"President Trump set conditions for this to happen, and I am thrilled with that". Even as he scorns "a awful, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made", he appears prepared to offer North Korea a concession that would be far more damaging than anything President Barack Obama even contemplated offering Iran: removing the roughly 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.