December 03, 2021

Returning detainee says he did “a lot of labor work,” fell ill in North Korea

Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim, and Kim Hak-song were returned to the U.S. on Thursday

Former American detainee Kim Dong-chul on Thursday said he had been forced to do extensive manual labor and had fallen ill during over two-years' imprisonment in North Korea.

Kim, who had until yesterday been imprisoned in the DPRK, landed at the Joint Base Andrews in Maryland at around 0240 local time, accompanied by two fellow American former detainees and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.