Bill Clinton negotiates freedom for Journalists in North Korea

Former US President, Bill Clinton, has left North Korea with 2 journalists from the USA, having negotiated their release from their 4 month custody in the communist state.

While teh White House is denying that any “rewards” were offered to the isolated asian state, many observers believe that the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il could open the door to direct talks on the prospect of a nuclear disarmament treaty.

The WhiteHouse has to strike a fine balance between bringing North Korea in from the international wilderness and being seen to reward recent provocative military acts of defiance in the face of international pressure.

A WhiteHouse official told reporters in Washington that “President Clinton had made clear that this was a purely private humanitarian mission”

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