U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo exits his plane on arrival in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthew Lee, Pool)
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Three Americans detained in North Korea for more than a year are on their way back to the U.S. with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday in the latest sign of improving relations between the two longtime adversary nations.The release of the detainees came as Pompeo visited North Korea Wednesday to finalize plans for a historic summit between Trump and Kim, the North's leader.Pompeo, in his visit, discussed the agenda for a potential Trump-Kim Jong Un summit in his meeting with Kim Yong Chol, the vice chairman of the central committee of North Korea's ruling party.That contradicted Trump, who has said repeatedly that his pressure tactics brought North Korea to the negotiating table.Pompeo, who first traveled to North Korea as CIA chief in early April, is only the second sitting secretary of state to visit the reclusive nation with which the U.S. is still technically at war.Trump has said that withdrawing U.S. forces from South Korea is "not on the table".
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