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President Clinton to Bring Journalists Back Home to US *update*

August 4, 2009

art.clinton.07.nkYup, the American journalists have been pardoned and will return home to the United States with Bill Clinton:

North Korean President Kim Jong Il has pardoned and released two U.S. journalists, state-run news agency KCNA said Wednesday.

The announcement came after former U.S. President Clinton met with top North Korean officials in Pyongyang to appeal for their release.

“Clinton expressed words of sincere apology to Kim Jong Il for the hostile acts committed by the two American journalists against the DPRK after illegally intruding into it,” the news agency reported. “Clinton courteously conveyed to Kim Jong Il an earnest request of the U.S. government to leniently pardon them and send them back home from a humanitarian point of view.

“The meetings had candid and in-depth discussions on the pending issues between the DPRK and the U.S. in a sincere atmosphere and reached a consensus of views on seeking a negotiated settlement of them.”

The report said Clinton then conveyed a message from U.S. President Obama “expressing profound thanks for this and reflecting views on ways of improving the relations between the two countries…”

Yes, there are still unanswered questions, but for now, lets just be glad that their families will soon have them home safe.

UPDATE:From Mike Allen over at Politico:

Former President Bill Clinton was presented with a large bouquet as he arrived this morning in Pyongyang, North Korea, on a mission to win the release of two women journalists who have been detained since March 17.

EXCLUSIVE BACKSTORY: North Korean officials told relatives that they would release the women to Clinton, and the family then approached the former president. The White House approved the mission. Secret preparations went on for week. It may be a long day for Robert Gibbs, because the White House doesn’t plan to issue a statement until the women are on free soil.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. PYW permalink
    August 4, 2009 4:16 pm

    Great news!

  2. August 4, 2009 6:00 pm

    Yup, he got the job done! I can’t wait to hear the details, eventually…

  3. Terry permalink
    August 4, 2009 7:22 pm

    Who cares how the No. Koreans try to spin this and they will. Bill Clinton was not there to give concessions (he isn’t empowered with that anymore). It was interesting to see John Podesta in his delegation. The right and neocon press are starting to criticize the former president as weakening the U.S. world power position. What nonsense. If he has thawed the relations between the two countries towards more productive talks, so much the better. Yes, the N. Koreans are thugs but Bill stood with dignity and got these two young women back.

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