North Korea releases US prisoners
Three American men who have been imprisoned in North Korea are released.
Sweden has played a key role in getting them free.
"Not least, the meeting between Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and North Korea's Minister for Foreign Affairs was important when he visited Stockholm," said a a source at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Aftonbladet.
The three men are currently on a plane along with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, writes president Donald Trump on Twitter.
Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström, writes on Twitter:
”Good news from Pyongyang, three detained American citizens on their way home. Positive steps towards further diplomatic progress. ”
Mike Pompeo has been visiting North Korea, ahead of a planned summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un next month.The three prisoners were freed after Pompeo´s meeting with Kim.
Pompeo left the country with the three Americans Kim Dong-Chul, Kim Hak-Song and Kim Sang-Duk, also known as Tony Kim - aboard the US government plane.
Visited Sweden in March
When North Korean Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ri Yong-Ho, visited Sweden in March, the meeting mainly focused on the three American prisoners.
Negotiations on the release have been intense and Sweden has played a central role.
”It's very positive what has happened. Sweden has worked hard for the prisoners to be released and now the conditions are better for the continued talks, ”says a source at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Good news coming out of Pyongyang, three detained US citizens on their way home. Positive step towards further diplomatic progress.Good news coming out of Pyongyang, three detained US citizens on their way home. Positive step towards further diplomatic progress.