North Korea Unexpectedly Frees Jeffrey Fowle

Suzanne Robertson
Fowle is one of three Americans detained by the country.

There's an overjoyed family in Ohio this morning! 

North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country for nearly half a year. 

Wednesday morning, the media swarmed Fowle's home waiting for first words from the finally free man.  A touching photo of the reunited family embracing on an airport tarmac is being featured by the worldwide media. 

Fowle, 56, traveling as a tourist, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in Chongjin. North Korea does not tolerate religious proselytizing.

This move might be part of North Korea's publicity campaign to counter charges by the U.N. that highlighted human rights abuses in that country. 

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed the release of Fowle but is being firm with Pyongyang. 

"While this is a positive decision ... we remain focused on the continued detention of Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller and again call on the DPRK to immediately release them," Earnest said. DPRK stands for the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Now that that Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea, has reemerged from isolation, will more releases occur? America is waiting.