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Peace Through Strength: North Korea Releases American Hostages


Secretary Pompeo Retrieves Americans Detained In North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was only recently confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 57-42 on April 26, 2018. On the eve of his confirmation, he barely cleared the Foreign Relations Committee to get to the floor vote before the entire Senate. Last minute maneuvering by GOP leadership prevailed and has already been credited with an earlier meeting, while still at the helm of the CIA, with North Korean officials.

Paving The Way

Pompeo's confirmation paved the way for the Korean Peninsula Peace Treaty that was signed on April 27, 2018. The three former hostages, all Americans, are Pastor Kim Dong-Chul, who was held the longest and has been in North Korea since 2015, Kim Sang Duk aka Tony Kim and Kim Hak-Song, the latter two were both Teachers at the University of Science and Technology in North Korea’s Capital, Pyongyang.

The hostage release, according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, is a goodwill gesture in advance of the Summit planned in late May between President Trump and Kim Jong-un. There seems to be an excellent chance the Summit will take place at the South Korean village of Panmunjom, where the Korean leaders signed the Peace Treaty.

Building Rapport

Secretary Pompeo arrived on Tuesday and also met over lunch with Kim Yong Chol, North Korea’s senior official responsible for inter-Korean relations. "For decades, we have been adversaries. Now we are hopeful that we can work together to resolve this conflict, take away threats to the world and make your country have all the opportunities your people so richly deserve," Secretary Pompeo was quoted as saying by Reuters.

They had a very successful meeting, as evidenced by Kim’s reply that there are "high expectations the United States will play a very big role in establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula." President Trump met the gentlemen at Andrews Air Force Base Thursday, May 10th, at 2 am EST. Secretary Pompeo has been a key ally of President Trump. First, as his top pick for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, a position he held for over fifteen months, and as one of President Trump’s first appointments confirmed by a full Senate vote of 66-32 on January 23, 2017.

The actions taken by Pompeo and President Trump are in stark contrast to how the previous administration responded to similar situations. America is no longer 'leading from behind' and is instead encouraging peace through strength.

COL Mike FitzGerald / Writer

Now a retired U.S. Army Colonel, I earned the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge and served 39 years and two combat tours. I am a graduate of U.S. Army War College and readiness is my expertise. It’s my patriotic duty to educate Americans about the truth, “drain the swamp” in Congress and hold the unjust accountable.
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  1. Great article COL Mike! I sure hope we can keep the peace relations with NK. That was something I thought I'd never see in my lifetime.
    Have a great day!
    Peace

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  2. An excellent article with a really hope filled conclusion!!! The next few months are going to be incredible! On a personal note I want to say thank you on behalf of the UK for your service to OUR country as well as to the USA. It’s not often that British people get the chance to thank American Service men and women for how your army has helped to keep our borders safe as well as your own. I pray that Jesus blesses you for the rest of time!

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