Giuliani: 'Good chance' North Korea will release 3 US hostages

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE's lawyer Rudy Giuliani indicated Saturday that the Trump administration is working to secure the release of three U.S. citizens currently held in North Korea.

Speaking at the Iran Freedom Convention in Washington, Giuliani told an audience that such a release could happen "over the next several days."

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"There is a good chance that the three longtime hostages in North Korea will be released over the next several days," he said.

In later comments to CNN, however, Giuliani said he didn't know the current status of the three prisoners being held by the country: Kim Dong Chul, Kim Sang Duk and Kim Hak Song. Kim Hak Song and Kim Sang Duk are being kept on charges of committing "hostile acts" in the country, while Kim Dong Chul is being held on espionage charges.

Giuliani, instead, said only that the administration is "working on it," stating, "I'm not privy to what they're doing. I'm reading the newspapers like you are."

"I think the less said about it right now, the better," he went on. "We could have three people released."

Trump said Friday that his administration was now in "constant contact" with North Korean officials over the release of the prisoners, adding that reporters should "stay tuned."

"We're doing very well with the hostages. We're in constant contact with the leadership. We are in constant contact with North Korea," he said.

Last year, North Korea released American student Otto Warmbier, who had been held hostage by the country for 17 months and who died shortly after his release. Doctors blamed injuries sustained during his captivity for his death.

Trump is set to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un later this year. The president has told reporters that a date and location have been set for the meeting and will be announced soon.

"We now have a date. And we have a location. We'll be announcing it very soon," Trump said from the White House lawn on Friday.