In a stunning display of cooperation from North Korea, Kim Jong-Un has reportedly moved three American prisoners to a hotel in Pyongyang. The three Americans Kim Dong-chul, Kim Sang-duk, and Kim Hak-song received medical care and ideological education.
According to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, the three Korean-American prisoners were moved from a labor camp to a hotel in early April. Their relocation comes ahead of a peace summit with President Trump and Kim Jong-Un, slated to take place in late May or early June.
In April 2017, North Korea detained Kim Sang-duk, whose American name is Tony Kim, at the airport in Pyongyang. Kim just finished up a month-long teaching assignment outside the capitol when officials arrested him on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government.
Officials arrested Kim Hak-song, also a teacher at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology for similar suspicions one month later. The third American prisoner Kim Dong-chul has been doing hard labor since October 2015.
Though still under the watchful eye of Kim, U.S. officials expect the Americans to be freed during the summit. Speaking to Fox News, National Security Adviser John Bolton said releasing the prisoners would demonstrate North Korea’s “sincerity.”
On Twitter, Trump teased as much while slamming Obama for failing to secure their release. “As everybody is aware, the past Administration has long been asking for three hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail,” the president tweeted. Stay tuned!”