Left to right: Kim Hak-song, Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim
North Korea has freed three US citizens from prison, according to a tweet from US President Donald Trump.
It is viewed as a goodwill gesture ahead of a historic summit between Mr Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
Mr Trump said he would greet the men when they return with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has been in Pyongyang to arrange the planned talks.
Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chu were able to “walk on the plane without assistance”, the White House said.
They had been jailed for anti-state activities and placed in labour camps. Read more
The travel ban for Muslims from six mainly Muslim based countries has yet again been blocked, but this time, by the judge of Hawaii.
The travel ban was an order that said there would be a ninety day ban for six mainly Muslim countries an a hundred twenty day ban on Muslim refugees. President Trump used this order to “stop the terrorists from entering the United States but critics say it is very discriminatory towards the Muslim race.”
The first travel ban was issued back in January, but this caused protests among US citizens and refugees. Consequently, a judge in Seattle blocked the ban, therefore stopping the travel ban before it could take place.
Judge Watson said that the ban would cause “irreparable injury” by violating the First Amendment protections against religious discrimination. Hawaii also said that the ban would lower down tourism and the ability to recruit potential students and workers.
Mr Trump’s administration has argued, however, that as long as his interest is in keeping the country safe, he is not discriminating any religion.
Back in January when the ban was first ordered, it was protested against due to the fact that it would likely stop the process rights of certain individuals with valid visas and paperwork. The argument if whether the ban questioned the rights of the Muslim immigrants was kept silent. Until today.
Mr Trump was rather angry about the ban and said that he will continue the case until it is done.