GettyDonald Trump has taken to Twitter to boast that he may have secured a deal to get captives released
Mr Trump tweeted: “As everybody is aware, the past Administration has long been asking for three hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail. Stay tuned!”
The three Americans are: Kim Dong Chul, a South Korean-born US citizen who was sentenced in April 2016 to 10 years in prison with hard labour after being convicted of espionage.
He reportedly ran a trade and hotel service company in Rason, a special economic zone on North Korea’s border with Russia.
The second American is Kim Hak Song who worked in agricultural development at an experimental farm run by the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.
And, the third is Tony Kim, who also uses the name Kim Sang-duk, who was detained a year ago at the Pyongyang airport.
The potential breakthrough comes as the American president is preparing for a potential summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which is scheduled for May or early June.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mr Kim met and held talks on the Americans last month when Mr Pompeo visited North Korea.
Mr Trump has said the US is working hard to win the Americans’ freedom.
But, in his tweet, he couldn’t