US News Pompeo to return from North Korea with 3 US captives: South Korea

07:55  09 may  2018
07:55  09 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

North Korea 'moves US prisoners to hotel'

  North Korea 'moves US prisoners to hotel' North Korea has moved three American prisoners from a labour camp to a hotel ahead of the planned summit with the US, a South Korean activist said. Academics Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim, and businessman Kim Dong Chul were moved this week to a hotel on the outskirts of Pyongyang following instructions from "superior authorities", campaigner Choi Sung Yong is reported to have said.They are getting "health treatment" and "ideological education", he added.A South Korean official is reported to have said their release has been negotiated over the past two months and is "imminent".

U . S . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea on Tuesday and is expected to return from the trip with three U . S “ We expect him to bring the date, time and the captives ,” an official from South Korea ’s presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, told Yonhap News on the condition of anonymity.

SEOUL (Reuters) - U . S . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to return from North Korea with three American detainees, as well as details of an upcoming summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U . S . President Donald Trump, a South Korean official said Wednesday.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will return from North Korea with three U.S. citizens currently imprisoned in the country, according to a South Korean official.

The official told South Korea's Yonhap News Agency that Pompeo was expected to secure the release of three prisoners being held by the country: Kim Dong Chul, Kim Sang Duk and Kim Hak Song. In addition, Pompeo is expected to return with the time and date of the proposed meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea changes time zone to match South Korea

  North Korea changes time zone to match South Korea North Koreans will set their clocks ahead by 30 minutes on Saturday, as the country moves to match its time zone to South Korea's for the first time since 2015. The country's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday that the North would adjust its timezone in order to "speed up the process for the North and the South to become one." The BBC provided a translation of the report.

Earlier, Mr Trump confirmed that CIA Director Mike Pompeo had made a secret trip to North Korea to meet Mr Kim. The visit marked the highest-level contact between the US and North Korea since 2000. Some of the abductees were eventually returned to Japan.

Mr. Pompeo ’s involvement with North Korea predated Mr. Trump’s decision to meet Mr. Kim, several officials said. He also has been in close touch with the director of South Korea ’s National Intelligence Service, Suh Hoon Trump says planned US - North Korea summit has a date and location Video.

"We expect him to bring the date, time and the captives," the unnamed official told Yonhap.

Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo speaks during his confirmation hearing Thursday, April 12, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) © AP Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo speaks during his confirmation hearing Thursday, April 12, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Pompeo arrived in the country Wednesday morning local time, as Trump told reporters that he hoped a deal could be reached to secure lasting peace with North Korea after months of escalating tensions over the country's nuclear missile program.

"Plans are being made. Relationships are building," Trump said at the White House. "Hopefully, a deal will happen and, with the help of China, South Korea, and Japan, a future of great prosperity and security can be achieved for everyone."

N.Korea says denuclearisation pledge not result of U.S.-led sanctions

  N.Korea says denuclearisation pledge not result of U.S.-led sanctions North Korea said on Sunday its intention to denuclearise, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of U.S.-led sanctions and pressure, warning the United States not to mislead public opinion. Impoverished North Korea has been hit by a series of U.N. and U.S. sanctions in recent years in a bid to rein in its nuclear and missile programmes.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula in the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade on April 27, but the declaration did not include concrete steps to reach that goal.

The Washington Post first reported Mr. Pompeo ’s trip, which took place over Easter. But analysts said South Korea was aiming for a comprehensive deal, in which the North agreed to give up its weapons in return for a Trump says planned US - North Korea summit has a date and location Video.

The official reportedly added that Pompeo was expected to return with "the exact time of the Trump-Kim summit, along with the three U . S . captives in North Korea ."

Two of the men were taken captive last year, while Kim Dong Chul has been imprisoned since 2015.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill Trump is expected to meet with North Korea's Kim later this year to discuss the possible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula after North Korea and South Korea announced last month the official end of the Korean War and the two nations began unprecedented cooperation.

The president shocked many in Washington and around the world earlier this year by accepting a meeting with Kim after months of tough talk directed at the North Korean leader. Trump nicknamed Kim "little rocket man" during a speech to the U.N. General Assembly last year, and continued to attack Kim on Twitter for months before announcing the talks.

US Brushes Off Pyongyang's Tough Talk, Proceeds With Planning for Summit .
President Donald Trump is still planning to hold a summit meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, U.S. officials said, brushing off sharp comments by one of Pyongyang’s senior diplomats that caught the Trump administration by surprise. While proceeding apace with summit plans, Mr. Trump and his foreign-policy team on Wednesday also refrained from firing back with tough words of their own. Mr. Trump previously has called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “rocket man” and warned of American “fire and fury.

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