Bill Clinton In North Korea For Release Of Jailed Journalists

08.04.09 | FL News Team

Former President Bill Clinton has arrived in communist North Korea to try to win the release of two American journalists imprisoned there. The visit has been confirmed by the North Korean official news agency. The U.S. citizens, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor after they were convicted of so-called "grave crimes." They say they accidentally wandered across the border from China into North Korea in March. They were employed by Current TV, a media company co-founded by Al Gore. He served as vice president during the Clinton administration.

 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the former president's wife, has been pushing diplomatic efforts to obtain the release of the young women. Both the State Department and the White House have declined comment on the former president's visit to North Korea. When he was in office, Bill Clinton attempted to improve relations between the U.S. and North Korea.