Was there any doubt, ever, that Bill Clinton would go to North Korea and come back with two women? The Associated Press reports:
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has issued a “special pardon” to two American journalists convicted of sneaking into the country illegally, and he ordered them released during a visit by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, North Korean media reported early Wednesday.
The release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee was a sign of North Korea’s “humanitarian and peaceloving policy,” the Korean Central News Agency reported.
North Korea had taken a hard stand against the jailed journalist. The two were sentence to 12 years of hard labor for “hostile acts” against the nation.
But that was before slick Willie made everything okay.
In fairness, the happy victory is probably owed to tireless work by the U.S. State Department and a cadre of unnamed international actors.
But President Clinton went over there and sealed the deal. That man is a closer.
North Korea: 2 US journalists pardoned [Associated Press]
North Korea pardons US reporters [BBC]