United States President Donald Trump
United States President Donald Trump

Trump hints at release of 3 Americans detained in N Korea

ANI | Updated: May 03, 2018 11:10 IST

New Delhi [India], May 3 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Thursday hinted at the possibility of the release of three American hostages, who were detained in North Korea.

In a midnight tweet, President Trump wrote, "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. Stay tuned!"

The tweet comes after a report emerged that North Korea relocated three American detainees from a labour camp to a hotel on the outskirts of Pyongyang, ahead of a planned summit between President Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un, according to a South Korean activist, who was quoted by Yonhap News Agency as saying.

The three American citizens are - Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul. They were accused of espionage or doing "hostile acts" against North Korea.

On a related note, Otto Warmbier, an American college student, who was arrested in North Korea last year for allegedly removing a political propaganda poster from a Pyongyang hotel, died after he was transferred to the US in a deep coma.

Washington D.C. accused Pyongyang of Warmbier's "bad" condition, while the latter outwardly rejected it. (ANI)