UPDATE May 10, 2018 7:35 am ET:

via The Washington Post

UPDATE May 10, 2018 2:15 am ET:
LIVE VIDEO of return to Joint Base Andrews

UPDATE May 9, 2018 9:30 am ET:

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

우리 남편이며, 아버지인 토니 김, 그리고 다른 두명의 미국인 억류자들이 석방된 것에 대해 참으로 감사를 드립니다. 그가 집으로 돌아올 수 있도록 노력해 주시고 기여해 주신 모든 분들께 감사를 드립니다. 또한 대통령께서 직접 북한 측과 접촉해 주신 것에 대해서 감사를 드립니다. 토니의 안전한 귀환에 대해 무엇보다 하나님께 감사를 드립니다.

힘들었던 이 한해 동안 친구들, 심지어 낯선 사람들의 그 모든 지지와 기도에 감사를 드립니다. 여러분들은 우리 마음 속에 너무나 소중한 분들입니다. 계속해서 북한 사람들을 위해서, 그리고 아직도 억류되어 있는 모든 사람들이 풀려날 수 있도록 기도해 주시기를 여러분들께 부탁드립니다. 감사합니다.

토니 가족 드림


UPDATE May 9, 2018 8:45 am ET:

We have no other confirmation than this tweet but will share as soon as we know more.


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Hear Their Story

Sol Kim shares his story of how his father, Tony Kim, is being held captive in North Korea

Sol Kim is the son of Kim SangDuck (Tony Kim), 59, who is an American who was detained by North Korea authorities at Pyongyang International Airport on April 22, 2017.

The Captives

Kim SangDuck (Tony Kim)

Kim SangDuck (Tony Kim), 59, is an American who was detained by North Korea authorities at Pyongyang International Airport on April 22, 2017. No reason was given at the time of his detainment. Tony was in the country to teach at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. The South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that Tony also engaged in humanitarian work in the North, helping orphanages in the country’s northeast. In May 2017, Tony Kim was allegedly accused of “committing criminal acts of hostility aimed to overturn the (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea).”

Kim Dong Chul

Kim Dong Chul, 64, is an American businessman who was taken into custody in North Korea in October 2015. He was accused of committing “offenses in a scheme to overthrow the socialist system of the DPRK,” according to state-run news agency KCNA. In March 2016, North Korean officials alleged that Kim confessed to espionage charges. In April 2016, Kim was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor for subversion and espionage.

Kim Hak-song

Kim Hak-song, 55, is an American who was detained in North Korea on May 6, 2017. Kim is “a man who was doing business in relation to the operation of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported. He was detained on suspicion of committing “hostile acts” against the country’s government. Pyongyang University of Science and Technology said Kim was doing agricultural development work with the university’s agricultural farm.