WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the release of three American citizens unjustifiably detained in North Korea:

“We should all be pleased that three Americans unjustifiably imprisoned by North Korea have been released, and I commend the Secretary of State for his diplomacy that brought it about.

“Releasing detainees is the easy part; the difficult part will be reaching an agreement with the North Koreans that establishes a strong verification regime that can ensure genuine denuclearization.  Congress has yet to see a concrete strategy from the President as to how he intends to avoid giving Mr. Kim a propaganda victory without securing the kind of verifiable commitment on denuclearization necessary for any summit to be a success.”