Jeffrey Fowle, the American man who was imprisoned in North Korea for the past six months, was relieved and overjoyed today as he met with his family for the first time since arriving back in the U.S.
On Wednesday morning, the 56-year-old Fowle who was beside his wife and three young children met with the media outside their home in rural Miamisburg, Ohio. Mr Fowle had been well-treated by the North Korean government, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
The New York Times reported earlier today that Kim Jong-un, had personally ordered the release of Mr. Fowle following the requests from President Obama.
The news of his release came about six months after he was taken into custody after leaving a Bible at a nightclub. Christian evangelism is considered a crime in North Korea.
Fowle’s had been awaiting trial and is the only one of three Americans held by Pyongyang who had not been convicted of charges.