Hostages no longer, meet the three Americans freed from North Korea

Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell spoke with OZY about North Korea freeing American hostages ahead of a potential June 12 summit.

This outcome is the result of “months of back-channel negotiations between North Korea and the U.S. State Department, both countries’ intelligence agencies and assistance from the Swedish Embassy,” says Alex Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. It demonstrates a promising amount of patience from Trump, she says, and is evidence that Kim Jong Un is serious about engaging in further diplomacy. It also frames how the president should approach the summit: “A belligerent opening stance from President Trump might now be perceived in a negative light.” Read more