North Korea frees 3 American prisoners ahead of a planned Trump-Kim summit

In a gesture that appeared to set the stage for a landmark summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, North Korea released three American prisoners into the custody of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit here Wednesday.

Trump made the announcement in a morning tweet as Pompeo flew the three men out of Pyongyang on his government plane, saying they were in good health and that he planned to meet them upon their arrival early Thursday at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington.

The secretary 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,” Trump wrote. “Very exciting!” he called it in a follow-up tweet.

The dramatic disclosure capped a 13-hour visit by Pompeo to the North Korean capital, during which he met with several top officials, including Kim for 90 minutes, and finalized a time and location for the leaders’ summit, which is expected in late June.

Though White House officials did not disclose details, Trump told reporters the summit would not be held in the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea — where Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held an emotional meeting two weeks ago. That left Singapore, which Trump said

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