Washington, Nov 9 (TruthDive): Two Americans, who were released from confinement in North Korea, returned back to United States on Saturday night. They landed at a military base in Washington State.
Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood, Washington and Matthew Miller of Bakersfield, California arrived at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord at around 9 p.m. PST. The officials said that the pair was accompanied by the national intelligence director, James Clapper.
Bae spoke for a short time to media after he and Miller landed. He thanked the President of the U.S. Barack Obama and also the people who helped his family and him for the release. He thanked the government of North Korea too for releasing him.
Obama praised the role played by Clapper in this challenging mission. The release of these two Americans is the latest turn in the broken relationship between Obama government and young leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. The US had been frequently calling for the Americans to be set free on humanitarian grounds, especially as Bae was suffering from some health issues.
The role of Clapper in the release of the Americans was astonishing and the trip to North Korea by him was kept a secret. The government of US gave no other particulars about how Clapper was involved in this case. He had spent just one day in North Korea and had met with the security officials of North Korea. It is said that he did not have a talk with Kim. A senior administration official said that Clapper carried with him a brief message from Obama saying that he was his private representative to bring back the Americans home.
U.S. officials said, the release has been done just hours in before Barack Obama was scheduled to set out for his Asia trip. Obama will have talks with the Chinese leaders about how China can make use of its power with North Korea to restrict its nuclear program.