Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Bill Clinton in North Korea Seeking Release of Reporters
The New York Times reports that Bill Clinton went to North Korea yesterday to negotiate the release of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee:
WASHINGTON — Former President Bill Clinton went to North Korea on Monday to negotiate the release of two American television journalists who were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for illegally entering North Korean territory, a person who was briefed on the mission said.
Mr. Clinton landed in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, early Tuesday morning local time, Central TV, a North Korean station, reported. The White House declined to comment. The journalists, Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36, were detained by soldiers on March 17 near the North Korean border with China. In June, they were sentenced to 12 years in a North Korean prison camp for “committing hostilities against the Korean nation and illegal entry.”
Posted by egalia at 2:39 AM