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N. Korea to release 3 U.S. captives: Cheong Wa Dae official

All Headlines 10:18 May 09, 2018

SEOUL, May 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is expected to release three U.S. citizens held in the communist state on Wednesday, an official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said, in an apparent goodwill gesture ahead of a historic meeting between its leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The official said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was expected to return with the exact time of the Trump-Kim summit, along with the three U.S. captives in North Korea.

"We expect him to bring the date, time and the captives," the official said, while speaking on condition of anonymity.

Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang earlier in the day, according to reports, marking his second trip to the reclusive North in less than a month.

Trump earlier said the location of his meeting with Kim has already been set.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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