History of American prisoners in North Korea
This is not the first time north Korea has released prisoners as part of negotiations about its nuclear program. Sixteen Americans have been taken prisoner in north Korea since then joint framework and that was signed under President Clinton in 1994. North Korea pledged to freeze it’s plutonium production some into verification and remain in the non proliferation treaty in exchange for energy aid.
The US provided Pyongyang with two light water reactors but some of the economic relief did not come fast enough. Two years later in 1996 the first american the citizen was arrested. Evan Hunziker a twenty six year old self described missionary caught swimming across the river from china as part of a drunk in frank than US congressman Bill Richardson negotiated his release. Since then us citizens have often been in prison.
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