Donald Trump welcomed three Americans imprisoned in North Korea back to the US and said: ‘We want to thank Kim Jong Un’.
The US president and his wife Melania arrived at the Andrews Air Base outside Washington at 2am to greet Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim – and called them ‘incredible people’.
In extraordinary scenes, Mr Trump and the First Lady clapped and cheered the men as they walked down the steps onto American soil with their arms in the air and giving triumphant ‘V’ signs used to signify both peace and victory.
On the tarmac, the president said: ‘These are great people. Frankly, we didn’t think this was going to happen, but it did. It was important to get these people out. This is a special night for these three really great people.’
Mr Trump also thanked Kim Jong Un for freeing ‘the folks early’, calling it ‘a wonderful thing’, adding he believes the North Korean leader ‘really wants to do something’ and bring the pariah state ‘into the real world’.
He said: ‘We’re starting off on a new footing. I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful, and if anybody would’ve said that five years ago, 10 years ago, even a year ago, you would’ve said, “That’s not possible”.
‘My proudest achievement will be when we denuclearize that entire [Korean] peninsula,’ he added.
As the plane landed, a giant American flag was flown between two Maryland fire trucks to give the men a hero’s welcome after Trump promised the world there would be ‘quite a scene’ when they arrived.
The three men were released yesterday after up to three years of prison and hard labour when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Pyongyang following a meeting with Kim Jong Un to formalise final plans for a Trump-Kim summit in late May or early June.
Source – Daily Mail