Three Americans released by North Korea landed in the US in the early hours of Thursday, with Donald Trump waiting on the tarmac to greet their plane. The three men emerged from a US government plane, flashing peace signs high above their heads. A huge US flag hung between two fire trucks served as a backdrop against the night sky. “I want to thank Kim Jong-un,” Trump said. “I think he wants to do something and bring that country into the real world.”
“We didn’t think this was going to happen, and it did. It was very important to all of us,” he said, referring to the prisoner release. “The true honour will be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons.” Trump later tweeted video clips of him congratulating the men aboard Air Force One.
“It’s like a dream and we are very happy,” Kim Dong-chul, one of the freedmen, said. “We were treated in many different ways, I had to do labour.” The three were then taken to a nearby military hospital for health checks