Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, the only two Americans still imprisoned in North Korea, have been released and are returning home, U.S. officials announced Saturday. The pair’s freedom surprised supporters and comes during a rare visit by an American official, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, to the rogue state.
“We’re very grateful. I appreciate Director Clapper doing a great job on what was obviously a challenging mission,” President Barack Obama said in brief remarks Saturday.
“I think it’s a wonderful thing for the men and their families, and obviously we’re very grateful for their safe return,” he added.