May 9, 2018 / 10:51 PM / 4 months ago

North Korea's Kim says releases three American detainees upon U.S. request - KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he accepted a U.S. suggestion to release to American detainees and gave them amnesty, state media said on Thursday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes a speech during a visit to Dalian, China in this undated photo released on May 9, 2018 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA/via REUTERS

The upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea will be an excellent first meeting for promotion of a positive situation on the Korean peninsula, North Korea KCNA quoted Kim as saying.

State media KCNA also said that Kim reached a satisfactory consensus with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo upon their meeting.

Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Sandra Maler

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