US envoy says he urged N Korea to release Americans before summit

WASHINGTON, Mar 16:  The State Department’s recently retired envoy for North Korea said on Thursday he has urged North Korea to send a positive signal by releasing three American prisoners before a possible summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In an interview with CNN, Joseph Yun, who announced his retirement from the State Department in late February, said he also encouraged North Korean officials to respond to Trump’s announcement that he will meet with Kim. No date or location for the talks has been announced, although they are expected to occur in late May.

Yun said he had delivered the message in talks with North Korean officials after Trump’s announcement last week that he would be willing to meet face-to-face with Kim.