Today, North Korea has pardoned the two female journalists who were sentenced to 12 years in prison. Former President, Bill Clinton, made a special trip to visit leader Kim Jong-il, and afterward the North Korean leader decided to release the two women.
Previously, Laura Ling and Euna Lee had been found guilty of entering illegally in March. Go Bill!!!
Washington had made no announcement of Mr Clinton’s trip prior to his arrival on Tuesday, but later stressed it was a private visit. Mr Clinton had landed in Pyongyang in an unmarked plane and was greeted at the airport by North Korean officials.
KCNA said that Mr Clinton had met North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, although the White House denied its report that Mr Clinton had conveyed a message from US President Barack Obama.
Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36, had been found guilty of entering North Korea illegally across the Chinese border in March and were sentenced to 12 years’ hard labour.
They were arrested by North Korean guards while filming a video about refugees for California-based internet broadcaster Current TV. Analysts say that Kim Jong-il is eager to improve relations with Washington as he prepares to name a successor.
President Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke a year ago and also has chronic diabetes and heart disease. Analysts say his third son is being lined up to succeed him.
No word on when the two journalists will return. I would assume it will be ASAP. Next stop, book and movie deals. Incredible news!!!!