His release had been secured with the efforts of Swedish diplomats at their embassy in Pyongyang and was welcomed by the US State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf. On the other part, Washington has a critical position saying some American detainees were being held as political hostages to extract diplomatic concessions and particularly concerning discussions about denuclearisation. At this moment, other two Americans are in detention in the North Korea. Matthew Miller, 24, was sentenced to six years’ hard labor by the North Korean Supreme Court after he ripped up his visa at immigration and demanded asylum and Kenneth Bae was sentenced to 15 years’ hard labor. They made a televised appeal for help from the US government. Their situation will continue to be discussed, United States asking to immediately release them.