Congressman Michael McCaul

Representing the 10th District of Texas

McCaul Statement on the Release of American Hostages from North Korea

May 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo secured the release of three American hostages from North Korea.

Congressman McCaul: “The release of three Americans unjustly held by the North Korean regime is great news and I look forward to seeing them return home to their families.

"Promises to freeze missile tests, close a nuclear test site, and the release of imprisoned Americans are necessary actions by Kim Jong Un ahead of the upcoming negotiations. While these are positive steps, we must also remember that the same regime tortured and murdered Otto Warmbier, an American student, just last year.

"If Kim wants to prove that he is genuinely interested in peace, he must fully dismantle his ICBM and nuclear weapons programs. Such actions must be complete, verifiable, and irreversible. Only then will we know that peace on the peninsula is truly possible.”