WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials say two American citizens are on their way home from North Korea after their release from prison there.
A spokesman for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says Clapper is accompanying Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller on their journey back to the United States.
In this Sept. 1, 2014 file photo, Kenneth Bae speaks to the Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea. The US announces Saturday the release of Americans Bae and and Matthew Todd Miller who were detained in North Korea, saying they're on way home. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
Bae and Miller were the last Americans held by North Korea following the release last month of Jerry Fowle.
In this image taken from video, U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller speaks at an undisclosed location in North Korea Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The US announced Saturday the release of Americans Miller and Kenneth Bae who were detained in North Korea, saying they're on way home. (AP Photo/APTN)
Miller, who's from California, was serving a six-year jail term on charges of espionage, after he allegedly ripped his tourist visa at Pyongyang's airport in April and demanded asylum.
Bae, who's from Washington state, is a Korean-American missionary with health problems. He was serving a 15-year sentence for alleged anti-government activities.
President Barack Obama said Saturday that he is "very grateful" that North Korea has released the last two Americans in its custody, adding that, "it's a wonderful day for" the two free men.
This story has been updated.