18.05.09 Korean Hostages

May 10, 2018
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“… flying back are three, what they were calling ‘hostages.’ We call them ‘fine people.’ Three really fine people.”

President Trump, May 9, 2018, speaking about the three American men released from prison in North Korea, ahead of what's expected to be a historic summit between the American and North Korean leaders.

Flip: Who Are They?

Released Hostages

  • Kim Dong Chul, South Korean-born U.S. citizen. Former VA resident. Convicted of espionage. Ran a trade/hotel company near North Korea’s border with Russia.
  • Kim Hak Song & Tony Kim both worked at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, or PUST (privately funded university with $$ from Christian groups).

Something To Consider:

‘We are happy they’ve returned, but North Korea shouldn’t gain by taking Americans and then releasing them.”

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) May 9, 2018 warning more Americans could be taken if that gives North Korea bargaining power.
It represents something. It represents something very important to this country. People never thought a thing like this could happen and it can. People never thought you were going to have a situation where we’re having serious & positive communication with North Korea and we are. What happens? Who knows? We have a chance at something really great for the world.”

Reminder: Otto Warmbier, an American student, the last American released from North Korea returned to the U.S. with severe brain damage and died days later. That was almost a year ago. See a list of other Americans held overseas:

by Jenna Lee,