US prisoners freed from North Korean prison

North Korea Releases US Prisoners As Trump Summit Approaches

With the US–North Korea summit meeting right around the corner, North Korea are scrambling to patch up their many issues with other nations.

North Korea have already made progress with the South, promising to cease further weapon testing and development.

North Korea’s latest step toward peace involved the release three US prisoners.

The three American prisoners consist of two scholars and a man charged for 10 years, back in 2016 for an espionage conviction.

The scholars were arrested on suspicion of hostile acts.

Following their release, all three prisoners appeared in good health, as stated by US President Donald Trump.

The return of the American citizens removes any potential tension the two nations may face during the summit meeting.

At this moment, no other American prisoners are currently held captive by North Korea.

The Washington human Rights Committee urge North Korea to release other prisoners while shutting down its camp for good.

Never to have a repeat like last time

In the past, American prisoners have been treated very poorly.

22 year old College student, Otto Warmbier was imprisoned for 17 months for trying to steal a propaganda poster. He was released while in a coma and eventually died due to extensive brain damage.

Despite past examples of extremely poor treatment, Trump states that the three prisoners released recently were in good health.

The holding facilities have been described as unlawful with some of the prisons even holding children.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was responsible for the release of the three prisoners.

He returned back to America with the three by plane.

South Korea describe the release of the three prisoners as very positive for the upcoming summit.

The release was in fact a United States condition for talks between the countries’ leaders.

The Washington-based Committee for Human Rights stated:

It is a time to remember the nationals of Japan, South Korea, and other countries who were abducted and are still held in North Korea. It is also a time to remember the 120,000 men, women, and children held in North Korea’s political prison camps as well as political prisoners held at other unlawful detention facilities.

Progress with North Korea has been successful so far, but the summit will be the deciding factor on what happens next.

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