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It fell to Fox News to remind Americans that while “some observers continue to fawn over Kim Jong-un’s sister and North Korea’s ‘smile diplomacy,’” the brutal dictatorship is still holding three Americans prisoner.
Fox News Associate Editor Caleb Parke writes:
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Concern has only grown for the three Korean-Americans—Kim Hak Song, Kim Dong Chul and Tony Kim—since the death of American college student Otto Warmbier last June after the he spent 17 months locked away in North Korea. And though advocates said they were given some hope during President Trump’s State of the Union address, when the image of a North Korean defector defiantly holding his crutches in the air was met with rapturous applause, there’s also a desire to see continued action and pressure applied against the rogue regime.
“My mom, my brother and I miss our dad so much. We’re so worried about him and his health,” said Sol Kim, whose father, Tony Kim, has been held by North Korea for about nine months.
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In a Facebook video, Sol said the separation has caused “hard days for our family.”
“My family and I long to make contact with my dad,” he said. “We want to tell him that he’s soon going to be a grandfather. My brother and sister are [each] expecting their first child.”
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The State Department gave assurances that they are making efforts to secure the release of Kim and the others, recalling that former ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Yun, who is the special policy representative for North Korea, met with all three American prisoners when Otto Warmbier was released in June.
“No U.S. representative has seen them since,” Parke writes.
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Kim was arrested in April 2017 while working as an accounting teacher at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) and charged a month later with “committing criminal acts of hostility” intended to...
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