May 9, 2018 / 3:26 PM / 13 days ago

Trump says release of detainees by North Korea will be positive for U.S.-North Korea summit: South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said North Korea’s decision to release three American detainees would have a positive effect on the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea, said a South Korean presidential spokesman on Wednesday.

A North Korean flag flutters on top of a 160-metre tower in North Korea's propaganda village of Gijungdong, in this picture taken from the Dora observatory near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files

In a phone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump also told Moon that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had had very constructive talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters via mobile message.

Trump and Moon spoke shortly after Trump announced on Twitter that Pompeo was returning home from Pyongyang with the three men who were freed after the secretary of state met with the North Korean leader.

Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Peter Graff

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