US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that State Secretary Mike Pompeo had successfully secured the released of three American citizens detained in North Korea. The president said Pompeo was on his way back to the US from Pyongyang with the three released prisoners, adding that the former detainees appeared ”to be in good health.” Read more: North Korea: From war to nuclear weapons Who are three US citizens released by North Korea? Kim Hak-song, who is in his mid-50s, was working at Pyongyang’s University of Science and Technology (PUST), specializing in agricultural development, at the time of his arrest. Born in Jilin, China, Kim went to university in California and continued to live in the US for 10 years. He subsequently moved back to China before going on to work in Pyongyang. He was arrested in May 2017 on suspicion of planning to commit “hostile acts” against the government. Kim Sang-duk, who also goes by the name Tony Kim, is a former professor at China’s Yanbian University of Science and Technology, close to the Korean border. The university website lists his speciality as accounting. South Korea media reported that Kim, who is reportedly in his 50s, had taken part in relief work in North Korea’s… Read full this story
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