Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned world leaders Sunday that the Trump administration has every intention of bringing “All Americans held anywhere in the world” back to the United States.
The nations’ top diplomat was speaking with CBS News’ Face the Nation when he was asked to comment on other Americans held captive abroad after bringing home three prisoners detained by North Korea.
“You brought those three Americans home from North Korea. There are still at least four Americans being held in Iran… What can you tell them?” asked host Margaret Brennan.
“First, everyone should know that this administration is intent on bringing home every American who is held anywhere in the world,” Pompeo fired back. “We’re working diligently to get each of them back.”
“With respect to whether the actions of this past week, with respect to the JCPOA increased anyone’s risk, I think that’s ludicrous,” Pompeo added. “The Iranian bad behavior increased, it only increased, during the time of the JCPOA.”
Watch the Secretary of State’s comments above.
COMING HOME: Kim Jong Un Releases THREE American Prisoners
Three American prisoners held by North Korea have been released following high-level meetings between the communist regime and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reports Fox News.
President Trump confirmed their release on social media Wednesday morning; adding the Americans were “in the air” and on their way back to the United States alongside the Secretary of State.
“I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set,” tweeted the President.
I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 9, 2018
The decision to release the prisoners sets the stage for the President’s highly-anticipated meeting with Kim Jong Un, the first face-to-face discussion between the leaders of the US and North Korea in history.
MIXED MESSAGES: North Korea Slams ‘STUPID’ US Hours After Releasing Prisoners
North Korean officials slammed the United States Wednesday, blasting America’s “stupid behavior” and warning the US of “endangering its own country” just hours after releasing three prisoners.
While dictator Kim Jong Un continued his all-out “charm offensive” with President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, government officials released the scathing statement through the state-run news agency; accusing the US of “clinging” to hostilities.
“It is a stupid behavior just like a saying that curses, like chickens, come home to roost,” the KCNA statement read. “The U.S. is persistently clinging to the hostile policy toward [North Korea], misleading the public opinion. Such behavior may result in endangering the security of its own country.”
The statement then called on the US to “refrain from making words and acts that may destroy the hard-won atmosphere of dialogue.”
The mixed messages are widely regarded as a negotiating tactic for Kim’s communist regime as they prepare for their historic meeting with President Trump in the coming weeks.