WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released, the State Department said Tuesday.
State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said Fowle was on his way home Tuesday after negotiators left Pyongyang. Fowle is from Miamisburg, Ohio. Harf said the U.S. is still trying to free Americans Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae.
Associated Press journalists in Pyongyang spotted the U.S. government plane at the capital’s international on Tuesday.
Washington has tried for months to send a high-level envoy to North Korea to seek release of the three men.
Analysts say North Korea has previously used detained Americans as leverage in its standoff with the U.S. over its nuclear and missile programs, a charge that Pyongyang denies.
Associated Press reporters Eric Talmadge and Maye-E Wong contributed to this report.
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