North Korea: Mike Pompeo′s ′surprising′ empty-handed return from his secret trip | Americas| North and South American news impacting on Europe | DW | 18.04.2018

Source: North Korea: Mike Pompeo′s ′surprising′ empty-handed return from his secret trip | Americas| North and South American news impacting on Europe | DW | 18.04.2018

Pompeo did not come back with any of the three Americans that are still held captive in North Korean prisons. To me that raises the question of whether the status of these three prisoners was discussed. Did Pompeo try to bring any of them back? And will President Trump insist on their return before he meets with Kim Jong Un?

You think it should be a precondition for the US that the three American prisoners held in North Korea be returned before any talks take place between Trump and Kim?

I believe that it is impossible to negotiate with North Korea while there are American prisoners in the country. I believe releasing them in relatively good condition should be a precondition for talks. It is unclear how the administration is approaching this.