They will return home on Pompeo's plane. AP #4152917/3 "And we very much look forward to having the meeting between the United States and North Korea and that will be announced over the next couple of days as to timing". "They seem to be in good health", Trump tweeted.
It marks the second meeting between the two leaders in recent weeks, following Kim's first official visit to Beijing in March, his first since taking power in 2011. He also thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying Beijing was "helpful" in securing the men's freedom, and described pre-summit discussions with North Korea as "serious and positive".
Kim is a former professor at Yanbian University of Science and Technology in China, close to the Korean border.
Pompeo, the most senior US official to meet with a North Korean leader since 2000, was making his second visit to the isolated nation in five weeks - and less than two weeks after becoming top diplomat. "They will be landing at 2:00 o'clock in the morning at Andrews Air Force Base and I'll be there to greet them And I appreciate Kim Jong-un doing this and allowing them go".
He said he appreciated the North Korean leader's decision to release the Americans ahead of their planned summit.
"We're granting amnesty to the three detained Americans", the North Korean emissary told Pompeo at Pyongyang's Koryo Hotel, according to the senior USA official who requested anonymity to discuss the exchange. Trump announced the mission Tuesday afternoon as he laid out his case for withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal with Iran, another bitter United States adversary.
Spokesman Yoon Young-chan also called upon the North to release six South Koreans it has in prison.
Pompeo has described USA objectives for the summit as the immediate "permanent, verifiable irreversible dismantling of North Korea's weapons of mass destruction program". He said Kim returned to China after about 10 years of living in the US. Their releases draw a line under an issue that had weighed on plans for a historic summit between Kim and Trump that will focus on North Korea's nuclear weapons.
"We must take the recent momentum towards denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula and towards peace and security in Northeast Asia, and, cooperating even further with global society, make sure this is linked to concrete action by North Korea", Abe told a news conference after the meeting.