United States briefed Seoul on its mis­sion

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Seoul was not com­pletely iso­lated while Py­ongyang and Wash­ing­ton were ar­rang­ing the re­lease. The gov­ern­ment was thor­oughly briefed by the United States about the de­vel­op­ment, it said.

Min­istry spokesman Noh Kwangil is­sued a state­ment and wel­comed the re­lease of the Americans. “Seoul and Wash­ing­ton con­sulted about the Amer­i­can de­tainees’ re­lease through the U.S. Em­bassy in Korea and the United States will de­brief us in a few days,” a For­eign Min­istry of­fi­cial said. “It was a hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sion, and U.S. pol­icy to­ward North Korea will re­main un­changed.”

For­eign Min­istry of­fi­cials said that send­ing the di­rec­tor of na­tional in­tel­li­gence as a spe­cial en­voy – and not a State Depart­ment of­fi­cial – was in­tended to send the North a sig­nal warn­ing against hasty op­ti­mism.

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