Reuters reports U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the release of one of three Americans held in North Korea and said Washington is willing to resume talks with Pyongyang if it takes steps towards de-nuclearization. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin. He was freed on Tuesday and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane, without, Kerry said, any quid pro quo North Korea's KCNA state news agency said Kim Jong Un, the country's leader, released Fowle taking into consideration "repeated requests" of U.S. President Barack Obama. "The criminal was handed over to the U.S. side according to a relevant legal procedure," KCNA said. Kerry, speaking in Berlin, expressed hope that denuclearization talks with Pyongyang could start again soon, again holding out the prospect that the United States could eventually begin reducing its regional military presence.