Securing release of Americans held in N. Korea a top priority -White House

WASHINGTON, Sept 2 Tue Sep 2, 2014 1:43pm EDT

WASHINGTON, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Securing the release of the three Americans detained in North Korea is a top priority, the White House said on Tuesday.

"Securing the release of U.S. citizens is a top priority," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing. "We continue to do all we can to secure their earliest possible release."

On Monday, three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with U.S. media. (Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)