PYONGYANG, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Kim Jong Il, top leader
of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), met with visiting U.S.
former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday, the official central television
reported, releasing several photos of the meeting.
According to the report, Clinton conveyed a verbal message
from the U.S. President Barack Obama to Kim. But the White House denied that
Clinton carried a message from Obama.
Photo released by North Korean official
news agency KCNA shows former US president Bill Clinton (L, seated) and
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Il (R, seated) posing for a picture in
Pyongyang on August 4, 2009. Kim Jong-Il met Clinton here on Tuesday.
(Xinhua/Korean Central News Agency)
The report said that Kim expressed thanks and
welcomed Clinton's visit to the DPRK and "had an exhaustive conversation with
The two sides widely exchanged views on the issues of
common concern, it said.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il (Front
L) talks as former U.S. President Bill Clinton (Front R) looks on in
Pyongyang in this photo released by North Korean official news agency KCNA
on August 4, 2009. Kim Jong-Il met Clinton here on
Tuesday. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
The DPRK leader also hosted a welcome dinner for
Clinton in Paekhwawon State Guest House on Tuesday evening, which "proceeded in
a cordial atmosphere," it added.
DPRK's first vice foreign minister Kang Sok Ju and
Department Director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party Kim Yang Gon
also attended the talks.
Clinton arrived in Pyongyang earlier in the day. He
was believed to come for the release of the two journalists who were captured on
March 17 and were sentenced to 12 years of "labor reform" in
White House declines to comment on
Bill Clinton's visit to Pyongyang
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. government on
Tuesday declined to make comment on former President Bill Clinton's visit to the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying it is a "solely private"
mission to secure the release of two American journalists.
"While this solely private mission to secure the
release of the two Americans is on the ground, we will have no comment," White
House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement, adding "we do not want to
jeopardize the success of former President Clinton's mission." Full
DPRK top leader Kim Jong-il meets Bill
SEOUL, Aug. 4
(Xinhua) -- Democratic People's Republic of Korea(DPRK) top leader Kim Jong-il
has met with visiting former U.S. President Bill Clinton in Pyongyang on Tuesday
and received a verbal message from U.S. President Barack Obama, Pyongyang's
state media reported, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.
Kim hosted a dinner for Clinton at the state guest
house, reported Radio Pyongyang and the Korean Central Broadcasting Station. Full story