Bill Clinton Headed to North Korea
Clinton landed in Pyongyang in an unmarked jet Tuesday and was greeted at the airport by North Korean officials, including chief nuclear negotiator Kim Kye Gwan and vice parliamentary speaker Yang Hyong Sop, footage from APTN Pyongyang showed. He smiled and bowed as a young girl presented him with flowers.
Kim Yong-hyun, a professor at Seoul's Dongguk University, said Clinton's visit could serve two purposes: securing the women's release and improving ties between Washington and Pyongyang.
"I think it's not just about journalists. It will serve as a turning point in the U.S.-North Korea relations," he said.
North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency confirmed Clinton's visit with a brief dispatch. The report did not say who Clinton would be meeting.
Former President Bill Clinton is on his way to North Korea tonight, to try to negotiate the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor back in June, after illegally crossing their border earlier this year.
"As soon as he arrives, he will be entering negotiations with the North for the release of the female journalists," the source was quoted as saying.
South Korean Foreign Ministry officials declined to comment, saying any announcement would come from Washington or Pyongyang.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the former first lady, has urged Pyongyang to grant them amnesty.
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