North Korea releases 3 US citizens from labor camps, moves them to hotel

  • The three remaining U.S. citizens detained in North Korea have been released and were transferred to a hotel outside Pyongyang
  • The report comes after newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, then CIA director, personally met with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang

The three remaining U.S. citizen detainees in North Korea’s labor camps have been released and transferred to an undisclosed location in Pyongyang, according to a South Korean activist on Tuesday.

Choi Sung-ryong, the representative of the group Family Assembly of those Abducted to North Korea, said Kim Dong Chul, Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim, and Kim Hak-song have been moved out of penitentiaries, South Korean newspaper Donga Ilbo reported.

“We talked with a source in North Korea today. North Korean authorities released Kim Dong-cheol, Kim Sang-deok and Kim Hak-seong, who were in jail at the labor correction center in early April, and they are currently in a ‘course’ where they are treated and educated at a hotel outside Pyongyang,” Choi said.

The report comes after newly appointed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, then CIA director, personally met with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang.

South Korean analyst Shin Beom-chul said the North is likely preparing the detainees for release after the summit between Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, EDaily reported Tuesday.

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