North Korea media: Former U.S. President Clinton arrives in Pyongyang for negotiations

August 4th, 2009 - 3:58 pm ICT by admin  

SEOUL (BNO NEWS) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton arrived in North Korea’s capital on Tuesday in an effort to win the release of two American journalists who were detained at the country’s border in March, according to North Korean media reports.

U.S. State Department spokesman Andy Lainey could not immediately confirm the report, “I have no information on that. It won’t be available until morning,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted her as saying.

An unnamed White House National Security Council officer added, “I have no information on the travel.”

North Korea’s vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, Yang Hyong-sop, and the North’s vice foreign minister and chief nuclear evoy, Kim Kye-gwan, were reported to have greeted Clinton at the airport.

“A little girl presented a bouquet to Bill Clinton,” reported a broadcast by multiple national media outlets in North Korea.

Laura Ling and Euna Lee of San Francisco’s Current TV were detained in March by North Korean officials while creating a documentary on poor North Korean refugees fleeing to China. North Korea stated that they were arrested on the charges of illegal entry and “hostile acts.”

Clinton’s administration held extensive negotiations with North Korea during his presidency.

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