North Korea Releases 2 Americans Who Were Previously Held Captive

Bae (L) / Miller (R)

The U.S. got some unexpectedly great news involving two Americans this weekend. Matthew Todd Miller and Kenneth Bae, two Americans held captive for “trying to liberate” the North Korean government, were released from detention yesterday to James Clapper (US Director of National Intelligence).

In May of 2013, Kenneth Bae has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. In September  of 2014, Matthew Todd Miller was sentenced to six years of hard labor.

According to BBC, nothing was given in exchange for Miller and Bae. However, it was reported that the U.S. had consistently asked for the two Americans’ release.

While tensions over North Korea’s nuclear regulation still remain, President Obama was said to have sent a letter voicing his gratitude.

Could the release of the Americans be a positive sign for North Korea’s government?