WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- The families of two
American journalists detained in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
(DPRK) had asked former President Bill Clinton to travel to Pyongyang to seek
their release, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.
The two female American journalists just
amnestied by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) go aboard a
chartered plane carrying the homebound former U.S. president Bill Clinton
to leave Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK, on Aug. 5, 2009. (Xinhua/Zhang
Former Vice President Al Gore joined the families in
making the request, the official added on condition of anonymity.
The official made the remarks after Laura Ling, 32,
and Euna Lee, 36, were granted amnesty by top DPRK leader Kim Jong Il and left
Pyongyang aboard a chartered plane together with Clinton.
Xinhua correspondents who witnessed the departure at
Pyongyang's Sunan Airport Wednesday morning said the two women appeared in good
The plane made a refueling stop at a U.S. military
base in northern Japan en route to Los Angeles, Japanese broadcaster NHK
The Obama administration approved Clinton's mission
after Pyongyang had agreed in advance that the journalists would be released.
The White House insisted that Clinton's visit was "purely private" and was not
linked to the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, said the official.
Ling and Lee, who worked for the San Francisco-based
Current TV co-founded by Gore, were captured on March 17 for allegedly crossing
the DPRK border from China. They were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in
Clinton leaves Pyongyang with released
PYONGYANG, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Two
American journalists released by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
(DPRK) left Pyongyang Wednesday morning aboard a chartered plane carrying
homebound former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
The two women, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, looked in good
condition when they boarded the plane. Full story
DPRK releases two American journalists
PYONGYANG, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The
two American female journalists captured on March 17 and sentenced to 12 years
of "labor reform" in June by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea(DPRK)
were granted an amnesty and released during former U.S. president Bill Clinton's
visit to the country, the official KCNA news agency reported on Wednesday.
Former U.S. president Clinton meets
two American journalists detained in
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (Xinhua)
-- Former U.S. president Bill Clinton on Tuesday met with two American woman
journalists detained in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (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. Full story
Backgrounder: Detention, trial of two
U.S. journalists by DPRK