VERIFY: Did Obama fail at freeing Americans imprisoned in North Korea?

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North Korea's official news agency, KCNA, said early Thursday that Kim "accepted an official suggestion of the USA president for the release of Americans who have been detained in the DPRK for their anti-DPRK hostilities", referring to the initials of the authoritarian nation's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"I think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful", Trump said.

"Every time they hear news related to the summit, they stay awake all night", Kuk said.

Jun said there could be a "point of compromise" between Trump and Kim on the road map for the denuclearization of Korea for a package deal.

The United States aspires to have North Korea as a "close partner" and not an enemy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday, noting that the US has often in history become good friends with former adversaries. The three men were taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for testing. "I said, 'Welcome home.' He said, 'God bless America, '" said State Department official Brian Hook, who was with Pompeo in North Korea.

The arrival of Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song, and Tony Kim into Washington D.C.in the early hours of Thursday morning was a huge win for President Donald Trump.

A day after returning from a trip to Pyongyang, Pompeo said he had "good" and "substantive" conversations with Kim during his visit, in which he secured the release of three Americans who had been detained in North Korea.

The public display stood in stark contrast to the low-key, private reception that the State Department had envisioned, in keeping with a practice of trying to protect potentially traumatized victims from being thrust into the spotlight so soon after their ordeal.

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Trump thanked Kim for releasing the USA citizens and said that his greatest honor would be the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Administration officials consider the release an encouraging signal ahead of next month's summit.

The U.S. will likely seek "unlimited" inspections of the North's nuclear arms inventory and facilities, but Pyongyang will try to allow the monitoring or supervision of its work to "freeze or shut down" nuclear activities, he added. It is our policy to concentrate all efforts into economic progress ...

Trump faces a hard task persuading Kim to abandon nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests that heightened US-North Korean tensions throughout 2017.

Abe also said such an opportunity could only follow a successful outcome in Singapore, which would raise expectations for an overall resolution of the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

"We have no clarity about Kim's intentions".

"I share in the hopes of our entire nation that the June 12th meeting will further our longtime goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula", McConnell said in a statement Thursday.

Pompeo once used the word PVID (permanent, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement) to highlight the importance of permanent denuclearization, sparking media speculation here about Washington's intentions, but the Trump administration has returned to the CVID jargon.

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