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The last two Americans being held captive by North Korea have returned home.

Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller landed Saturday night at a Washington state military base after a top U.S. intelligence official secured their release from the reclusive Communist country. (AP)

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Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been detained in North Korea for more than a year, appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 20, 2014. U.S. citizens Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been freed from detention by the North Korean government and are returning to the United States, the U.S. government said November 8, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS RELIGION) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA
U.S. missionary Bae appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang
Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been detained in North Korea for more than a year, appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 20, 2014. U.S. citizens Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been freed from detention by the North Korean government and are returning to the United States, the U.S. government said November 8, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS RELIGION) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA
A U.S. government plane is parked at the airport near Pyongyang October 21, 2014. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday released Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained in the country, Pyongyang's state KCNA news agency said on Wednesday. Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin, where he was traveling as a tourist. He was unexpectedly freed and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane amid growing international pressure on North Korea over its human rights record. Washington said on Tuesday that Fowle was being flown home to his family in Ohio. Picture taken October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
A U.S. government plane transporting Jeffrey Fowle is seen at the airport in Pyongyang
A U.S. government plane is parked at the airport near Pyongyang October 21, 2014. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday released Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained in the country, Pyongyang's state KCNA news agency said on Wednesday. Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin, where he was traveling as a tourist. He was unexpectedly freed and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane amid growing international pressure on North Korea over its human rights record. Washington said on Tuesday that Fowle was being flown home to his family in Ohio. Picture taken October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller (2nd R) sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang September 14, 2014, in this photo released by Kyodo. North Korea sentenced Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, and in his mid-20s, entered North Korea in April this year whereupon he tore up his tourist visa and demanded Pyongyang grant him asylum, according to a release from state media at the time. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. YES
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller (2nd R) sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang September 14, 2014, in this photo released by Kyodo. North Korea sentenced Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, and in his mid-20s, entered North Korea in April this year whereupon he tore up his tourist visa and demanded Pyongyang grant him asylum, according to a release from state media at the time. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. YES
Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been detained in North Korea for more than a year, appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 20, 2014. U.S. citizens Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been freed from detention by the North Korean government and are returning to the United States, the U.S. government said November 8, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS RELIGION) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA
U.S. missionary Bae appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang
Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been detained in North Korea for more than a year, appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 20, 2014. U.S. citizens Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been freed from detention by the North Korean government and are returning to the United States, the U.S. government said November 8, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS RELIGION) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA
A U.S. government plane is parked at the airport near Pyongyang October 21, 2014. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday released Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained in the country, Pyongyang's state KCNA news agency said on Wednesday. Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin, where he was traveling as a tourist. He was unexpectedly freed and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane amid growing international pressure on North Korea over its human rights record. Washington said on Tuesday that Fowle was being flown home to his family in Ohio. Picture taken October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
A U.S. government plane transporting Jeffrey Fowle is seen at the airport in Pyongyang
A U.S. government plane is parked at the airport near Pyongyang October 21, 2014. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday released Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained in the country, Pyongyang's state KCNA news agency said on Wednesday. Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin, where he was traveling as a tourist. He was unexpectedly freed and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane amid growing international pressure on North Korea over its human rights record. Washington said on Tuesday that Fowle was being flown home to his family in Ohio. Picture taken October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller (2nd R) sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang September 14, 2014, in this photo released by Kyodo. North Korea sentenced Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, and in his mid-20s, entered North Korea in April this year whereupon he tore up his tourist visa and demanded Pyongyang grant him asylum, according to a release from state media at the time. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. YES
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller (2nd R) sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang September 14, 2014, in this photo released by Kyodo. North Korea sentenced Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, and in his mid-20s, entered North Korea in April this year whereupon he tore up his tourist visa and demanded Pyongyang grant him asylum, according to a release from state media at the time. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. YES
Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been detained in North Korea for more than a year, appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 20, 2014. U.S. citizens Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been freed from detention by the North Korean government and are returning to the United States, the U.S. government said November 8, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS RELIGION) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA
U.S. missionary Bae appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang
Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been detained in North Korea for more than a year, appears before a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 20, 2014. U.S. citizens Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been freed from detention by the North Korean government and are returning to the United States, the U.S. government said November 8, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS RELIGION) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA
A U.S. government plane is parked at the airport near Pyongyang October 21, 2014. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday released Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained in the country, Pyongyang's state KCNA news agency said on Wednesday. Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin, where he was traveling as a tourist. He was unexpectedly freed and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane amid growing international pressure on North Korea over its human rights record. Washington said on Tuesday that Fowle was being flown home to his family in Ohio. Picture taken October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
A U.S. government plane transporting Jeffrey Fowle is seen at the airport in Pyongyang
A U.S. government plane is parked at the airport near Pyongyang October 21, 2014. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday released Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained in the country, Pyongyang's state KCNA news agency said on Wednesday. Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin, where he was traveling as a tourist. He was unexpectedly freed and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane amid growing international pressure on North Korea over its human rights record. Washington said on Tuesday that Fowle was being flown home to his family in Ohio. Picture taken October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller (2nd R) sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang September 14, 2014, in this photo released by Kyodo. North Korea sentenced Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, and in his mid-20s, entered North Korea in April this year whereupon he tore up his tourist visa and demanded Pyongyang grant him asylum, according to a release from state media at the time. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. YES
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller (2nd R) sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang September 14, 2014, in this photo released by Kyodo. North Korea sentenced Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, and in his mid-20s, entered North Korea in April this year whereupon he tore up his tourist visa and demanded Pyongyang grant him asylum, according to a release from state media at the time. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. YES
A U.S. government plane is parked at the airport near Pyongyang October 21, 2014. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday released Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained in the country, Pyongyang's state KCNA news agency said on Wednesday. Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin, where he was traveling as a tourist. He was unexpectedly freed and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane amid growing international pressure on North Korea over its human rights record. Washington said on Tuesday that Fowle was being flown home to his family in Ohio. Picture taken October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
A U.S. government plane transporting Jeffrey Fowle is seen at the airport in Pyongyang
A U.S. government plane is parked at the airport near Pyongyang October 21, 2014. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday released Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained in the country, Pyongyang's state KCNA news agency said on Wednesday. Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin, where he was traveling as a tourist. He was unexpectedly freed and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane amid growing international pressure on North Korea over its human rights record. Washington said on Tuesday that Fowle was being flown home to his family in Ohio. Picture taken October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller (2nd R) sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang September 14, 2014, in this photo released by Kyodo. North Korea sentenced Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, and in his mid-20s, entered North Korea in April this year whereupon he tore up his tourist visa and demanded Pyongyang grant him asylum, according to a release from state media at the time. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. YES
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller (2nd R) sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in Pyongyang September 14, 2014, in this photo released by Kyodo. North Korea sentenced Miller to six years hard labour for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday. Miller, from Bakersfield, California, and in his mid-20s, entered North Korea in April this year whereupon he tore up his tourist visa and demanded Pyongyang grant him asylum, according to a release from state media at the time. Mandatory credit. REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. YES

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