Bill Clinton arrives in North Korea on diplomatic mission to free two detained journalists

August 4, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Former President Bill Clinton arrived in North Korea Tuesday as special envoy of President Barak Obama to negotiate the release of two detained journalists. The isolated little Communist country sentenced American TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee for an unspecified “grave crime” against the nation, and of illegally crossing into North Korea them to 12 years of hard labor, after they were originally detained on March 17th.  Because their 5-day trial was before the nation’s highest court, no appeal is possible. Ling and Lee had been working in China for former Vice President Al Gore’s Current TV and were reporting on the international trafficking of women. Many speculate that the pair may have actually been abducted and taken across the border and tried as leverage in negotiations with both the U.S. and the United Nations.

North Korean media confirmed Clinton’s visit to Pyongyang, reporting that he was greeted upon arrival by North Korean officials including chief nuclear envoy Kim Kye-gwan. US officials have reportedly confirmed Clinton will negotiate for the freedom of  the two detained journalists. Speculation is the former U.S. President could possibly also initiate discussions on political issues including the North’s nuclear program and seek to improve diplomatic ties.


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3 Responses to “Bill Clinton arrives in North Korea on diplomatic mission to free two detained journalists”

  1. bill clinton north korea | Fooner on August 4th, 2009 10:58 am

    […] Bill Clinton arrives in North Korea on diplomatic mission to free …(ChattahBox) — Former President Bill Clinton arrived in North Korea Tuesday as special envoy of President Barak Obama to negotiate the release of two detained.Read More […]

  2. runescape gold on August 4th, 2009 10:19 pm

    I meant to add that this picture with Clinton was so close to the other picture. Seriously, I’m not sure KJI has moved. Maybe they have a wax figure for formal portraits.

  3. Obesity on August 5th, 2009 12:08 am

    Good on Bill Clinton for helping free those people.

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