Freed North Korean detainees in Anchorage en route to Trump
A trio of U.S. detainees held in North Korea, freed by Kim Jong Un ahead of his summit with President Trump, are on the ground in Anchorage as they are being brought to Washington, D.C.
The detainees had left South Korea with Pompeo in his Boeing 757, before the Associated Press reported that they transferred to another aircraft in Japan. That jet, a Boeing 737, then traveled to Anchorage to take on more fuel.
The distinctive blue-and-white 737, with “United States of America” markings, was on the tarmac in the South Airpark area of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport by 2 p.m. Wednesday. About an hour later, another U.S. jet resembling Pompeo's 757 arrived at the airport.
Trump had announced Wednesday that he hopes to meet with the detainees – Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim – at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C. early Thursday to welcome them back to the U.S. North Korean officials had held the prisoners on charges of committing anti-state activities.
Editor's note: An initial version of this story incorrectly identified the detainees' U.S. government jet as Pompeo's.
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