After months in detention, two Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea were released, following an unusual visit by a top U.S. official and a letter of apology from President Barack Obama. On November 8, 2014, Matthew Todd Miller and Kenneth Bae arrived to the United States at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.
Miller and Bae were released after Director of National Intelligence James Clapper went to Pyongyang as a “personal envoy” of President Obama, according to the letter Clapper brought for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The North Korean government described the letter and Clapper’s message as an "earnest apology" from Obama to North Korea. It also said the two Americans were "sincerely repentant of their crimes and (were) behaving themselves while serving their terms."