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Last updateThứ 3, 25 09 2018 12am

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Ba công dân Hoa Kỳ Bắc Hàn phóng thích đã về đến nhà


GT: Vào khoảng 2 giờ sáng thứ Năm 10 tháng 5, ba công dân Hoa Kỳ được Bắc Hàn phóng thích đã cùng Ngoại trưởng Mike Pompeo đáp máy bay xuống căn cứ không quân Andrews gần Washington D.C (*). Ông TT Donald Trump cùng Đệ nhất Phu nhân Melania Trump và cả Phó TT Mike Pence đã có mặt tại sân bay để đón 3 tù nhân từng bị giam giữ trong "trại cải tạo" ở Bắc Hàn này, các ông Tony Kim, Kim Hak Song, và Kim Dong Chul.


Giới phân tích đánh giá đây là một bước tiến triển ngoại giao quan trọng cho cuộc họp Trump-Kim sắp tới. Quan sát cho thấy các công dân Mỹ trở về nước này đều mặc cùng màu áo với ông Trump, màu của hy vọng hòa bình.


Tuy nhiên cuộc đàm phán Trump-Kim sắp tới nhằm hủy chương trình vũ khí hạt nhân, đã được xác định là sẽ diễn ra ở Singapore vào ngày 12 tháng 6 tới đây, hẳn còn nhiều ẩn số. Có gì chắc chắn Kim Jong Un sẽ bỗng nhiên từ bỏ kho vũ khí hạt nhân đã được phát triển trong mấy chục năm qua mặc cho dân chúng rách rưới. Liệu một hiệp ước hòa bình với hành pháp Mỹ đương nhiệm, được quốc hội Mỹ thông qua để có tính ràng buộc pháp lý lâu dài, sẽ làm Kim Jong Un an tâm mà từ bỏ hoàn toàn kho vũ khí hạt nhân?




President Donald Trump, from left, greets Tony Kim, Kim Hak Song, seen in the shadow, and Kim Dong Chul, three Americans detained in North Korea for more than a year, as they arrive at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Thursday, May 10, 2018. First lady Melania Trump is seen at right - Associated Press



Trump greets American detainees freed from North Korea


When three Americans newly freed from detention in North Korea arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland early Thursday, President Donald Trump was there to greet them.


The president was joined by first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.


A motorcade was waiting to take the three Korean-American detainees -- Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim -- to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for physical examinations.


The White House said earlier they would be evaluated and receive medical treatment at the Washington-area facility. Their families were not on hand for the ceremony.


When the plane arrived from Alaska, where it stopped Wednesday after leaving North Korea, Trump and the first lady climbed aboard to greet the men and stayed there for several minutes.


After the president emerged with the three Americans, he addressed the media, saying, "I really think he [Kim Jong Un] wants to do something."


Trump publicly thanked North Korean ruler for releasing the prisoners, and regarded it as a sign of easing tensions as the two leaders hope to strike a deal toward peace on the Korean Peninsula in the forthcoming summit.


North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, said Kim’s move to grant the three Americans amnesty came at the “official suggestion” of the U.S. president.


The former "hostages," as Trump has called them, left North Korea early Wednesday, accompanied by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


"This is a special night for these three really great people," Trump told reporters as he stood on the tarmac. On the U.S. relationship with North Korea, Trump said, "We're starting off on a new footing."


The freed prisoners appeared tired but in excellent spirits, flashing peace signs as they emerged from the aircraft. They were joined by a translator who said "it's like a dream" and that the men were "very, very happy" to be freed.


North Korea had accused the detainees of anti-state activities. Their arrests were widely seen as politically motivated and compounded the dire state of U.S.-North Korea relations over the isolated nation’s nuclear weapons.


The three had been held for periods ranging between one and two years. They were the latest in a series of Americans who have been detained in North Korea in recent years for seemingly minor offenses.


“We would like to express our deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and the people of the United States for bringing us home,” the three said in an earlier statement released by the State Department.


The three Americans and Pompeo flew on separate government planes because they received checkups during the flight from Japan and the larger plane was better equipped to accommodate the medical equipment.


Trump called it a “great honor” to welcome home the three North Korean detainees, but said "the true honor is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons."


Although few details have been revealed regarding the high-stakes foreign policy effort between Trump and Kim, Singapore has emerged as the likely host of the summit that will take place later this month or early June as the president sets his sights on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.


Trump made a point of publicly thanking North Korea's leader for the prisoners' release — "We want to thank Kim Jong Un" — and hailed it as a sign of cooling tensions and growing opportunity on the Korean peninsula. Kim decided to grant amnesty to the three Americans at the "official suggestion" of the U.S. president, said North Korea's official news agency, KCNA.


Source: The Associated Press contributed to this report