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First Four Words NK Hostage Said After Stepping Foot In America Were Pure Gold

Three American hostages returned to the United States early Thursday morning after intense pressure and strategic diplomacy by the Trump administration.

The hostages, who spent at least a year in captivity in North Korea, were accompanied by President Trump, the first lady and the vice president off of a plane and onto the tarmac of Andrews Air Force Base in a triumphant moment.

Kim Dong-Chul, Kim Hak-Song and Tony Kim were released after negotiations between the Trump administration and dictator Kim Jong-Un. It has since been announced that the two leaders will meet in Singapore on June 12th.

Trump spoke briefly to reporters on the tarmac, calling it a “great honor” to welcome the hostages home. When the president opened questions to reporters,  Kim Dong-Chul was the first of the hostages to be asked.

The three Americans formerly held hostage in North Korea gesture next to U.S.President Donald Trump, upon their arrival at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., May 10, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg - RC1FDB2A7BD0

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TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump (L) and wife Melania Trump (2nd L) walk with US detainees Tony Kim (2nd R), Kim Hak-song (R) and Kim Dong-chul (C) upon their return after they were released by North Korea, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on May 10, 2018. - US President Donald Trump greeted the three US citizens released by North Korea at the air base near Washington early on May 10, underscoring a much needed diplomatic win and a stepping stone to a historic summit with Kim Jong Un. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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“How does it feel to be home?” a reporter shouted over jet engines. Trump turned to Kim Dong-Chul and re-asked the question. Dong-Chul spoke through an interpreter and said four words, “It’s like a dream.” 

He went on to say, “We are very, very happy.”

When asked how he was treated by the North Koreans, Dong-Chul said, “We were treated in many different ways. He went on to explain that they performed labor but were treated humanely when in need.

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