The hostages were welcomed by President Trump, First Lady Melania and Vice President Mike Pence in a 3 a.m. arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
The three men are reportedly healthy and in great condition. They are being released to their families after being debriefed by officials.
Vice President Mike Pence who is well-known for his devotion to the Christianity, shared on his official Twitter account a very touching moment that happened when he met with the 3 American detainees who returned from North Korea.
One of the detainees handed him a note on which was written the 126th Psalm.
It was an amazing moment I’ll never forget… when 3 Americans stepped onto the tarmac at @JBA_NAFW & gave me a signed personal note with Psalm 126 on the back. “When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion…” To these men of faith & courage – God bless you & welcome home! pic.twitter.com/vQhdllUADy
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 10, 2018
It’s not sure who of them wrote the note. One of the men is reportedly a Christian missionary and another is an ordained, evangelical pastor.
The three detainees who were released from North Korea were Kim Dong Chul, Kim Sang Duk, and Kim Hak Soon. Sang Duk and Hak-Soon, who taught at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), were imprisoned in April and May 2017, while Kim Dong Chul was arrested in October 2015.
Hoping to rise up awareness about the three American detainees, Tony Kim’s son, Sol Kim, recently launched a social media campaign called Free USA 3, through which he advocated for the release of his father and the other two captives.
The Kim family thanked President Trump and God for the safe return of the three men in the U.S., in a statement published to the campaign’s Facebook page:
‘ We are very grateful for the release of our husband and father, Tony Kim, and the other two American detainees. We want to thank all of those who have worked toward and contributed to his return home. We also want to thank the President for engaging directly with North Korea. Mostly, we thank God for Tony’s safe return.
We appreciate all of the support and prayers of friends and even strangers during this challenging year. You are dear to our hearts. We ask that you continue to pray for the people of North Korea and for the release of all who are still being held. Thank you.
The Kim Family ‘