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UPDATE: NK detainees express 'deep appreciation' to US

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the release of three Americans from North Korea (all times local):
   7:20 p.m.
   The three American detainees freed by North Korea say they would like to express their "deep appreciation" to the United States government, President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the American people "for bringing us home."
   They add, "We thank God, and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return."
   The State Department released the statement as the former detainees returned to American soil.
   Pompeo had been in North Korea to finalize details of a summit planned between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
   The three men boarded Pompeo's plane on their own. They were transferred in Japan to another plane for the trip to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington. Trump plans to greet them when they land.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- President Trump says three Americans detained in North Korea are on their way home.

The president tweeted Wednesday morning, "I am pleased I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set." In a second tweet, President Trump said, "Secretary Pompeo and his “guests” will be landing at Andrews Air Force Base at 2:00 A.M. in the morning. I will be there to greet them. Very exciting!"

The three men, Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk have been detained in North Korea for months. Two were arrested last year, accused of carrying out "hostile acts" against the Kim Jong Un regime.

The other man was arrested in 2015 for allegedly spying on behalf of South Korea.

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