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>> A warm welcome home from President Trump himself as three Americans return from captivity in North Korea. Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim were all in high spirits as they landed on US soil and talked about their time in the isolated country.>> They treated us in many different ways.
I had to do a lot of hard labor but they also treated me when I was sick. Trump thanked North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un for their release saying quote, we're starting off on new footing. The releases came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim in the North, ahead of a planned meeting between the Supreme Leader and Trump.
Orders George Smith has more details from Seoul. The release of this three men was seen widely as something of a good will gesture on Kim's part. It does try to set the stage for a good mood when he needs Trump in a few weeks while officials in Washington as well as here in South Korea were telling us that Pompeo was expected to.
Leave with the three men, whether that would exactly happen still remained an open question even as he landed in Pyongyang. According to reports from there, the three men were not officially released until after Pompeo had met for about an hour and a half with Kim Jong-un himself. Discussing a number of issues.
And so it was not really until the American delegation was about to leave the city that the three men were actually released into their custody.>> And Trump had high praise for the North Korean leader on Thursday.>> I really think he wants to do something and bring that country into the real world.
>> But even after Pompeo's visit there's still no sign as to whether North Korea may bargain away its nuclear weapons in the upcoming talks. A US official told Reuters on Thursday that summit will likely be held in Singapore. Trump, who has said Singapore was under consideration said an agreement has been reached on a day and venue and that details will be announced within three days.