WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will pardon and release two detained U.S. journalists while former U.S. president Bill Clinton is visiting Pyongyang, CNN reported Tuesday.
"The measure taken to release the American journalists is a manifestation of the DPRK's humanitarian and peace-loving policy," CNN quoted the official Korean Central News Agency reported.
Clinton, who arrived in Pyongyang early Tuesday, met with DPRK top leader Kim Jong-Il. He also met with two American woman journalists detained in the DPRK hours after his arrival in Pyongyang, ABC News reported.
Clinton's meeting with Laura Ling and Euna Lee, both sentenced by the DPRK's highest court in June to 12 years in a labor camp for an illegal border crossing, is "very emotional," ABC News quoted an unidentified government source as saying.
The White House declined to make comment on Clinton's surprise visit to Pyongyang, saying it is a "solely private" mission to secure the release of two American journalists
Pyongyang had no diplomatic relations with Washington so far. Clinton is the highest-profile American to visit the DPRK after his own secretary of state Madeleine Albright met with DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il in 2000.
The two American journalists, who worked for the San Francisco-based Current TV co-founded by former U.S. vice president Al Gore, were captured on March 17 for allegedly crossing the DPRK border from China and committing "hostile actions" against the country.