Tomas Ojea Quintana is the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea.
But what gets to Colbert most of all is the way some are giving credit to Trump's plan to "out-crazy" North Korea. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made clear the us team won't accede to a phased lifting of the worldwide sanctions that they believe forced Kim to the table.
One of the 12 women confirmed Heo's testimony, explaining to the reporters, "Manager Heo threatened us, saying he will tell security authorities that we watched South Korean TV dramas and that we would be executed, or exiled into provinces and our families would also be affected". "For me, it was labor, but when I was sick, they treated me".
"On behalf of the American people, WELCOME HOME!"
"Thinking back, it was all nonsense but back then, I had no other choice", the woman said. Their arrests were widely seen as politically motivated and had compounded the dire state of relations over the isolated nation's nuclear weapons.
Pence says that despite Trump's recent praise for Kim, the administration is not ignoring the North's abysmal human rights record. "It's a very important thing to all of us". She warned that, "The North Koreans have still said nothing to indicate that they are willing to give up their nuclear weapons".
Kim's summit with Mr. Trump comes after similar diplomatic meetings with leaders like South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
"We wish these Americans and their families the best, as they reconnect after a very hard time apart", Pompeo said.
As well as serving North Korean food, restaurant workers often dance in traditional costume and sing North Korean songs.
He described his conversations with Kim as "warm" and said both had tried "our best to make sure that we were communicating clearly and had shared understanding about what our mutual objectives were".
North Korea rejects any such notions.
When Trump and Kim do sit down, the two relatively untested leaders will be presented with a puzzle that has stymied seasoned diplomats for decades.
The men are flying to Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, where Mr Trump will welcome them early on Thursday.
"So far, the powers are not ready to give each other what each of them is seeking", the expert said.
"We're not talking about sanctions relief at this point", Kang said. They met the president and first lady Melania Trump, who boarded their plane, as well as Vice President Pence, second lady Karen Pence and Pompeo stood at the foot of the stairs.
The three former detainees will be transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for further evaluation and medical treatment.
But it's an enormous risk for a president who has shown a knack for walking away from deals like the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement but little acumen at putting new ones together.
Kim Jong-un said he accepted a U.S. proposal to grant the three detainees an amnesty, adding that his meeting with President Trump would be an "excellent first step" towards improving the situation on the Korean peninsula, according to the North Korean state news agency KCNA.