Quoted: CBC on Release of U.S. Detained Citizens by North Korea
North Korea has freed 3 U.S. detainees — but don't think it means Kim is caving to Trump
It's likely just as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un intended, said Mintaro Oba, a former State Department official in the Obama administration who worked on North Korea policy.
"North Korea recognized that its sincerity would be called into question if it didn't release these detained U.S. citizens," Oba said.
"It allows North Korea to paint themselves as the drivers of progress and puts pressure on the U.S. to either reciprocate or not to disrupt the positive atmosphere."