Former President Bill Clinton Makes Surprise Visit to North Korea to Discuss Captive American Journalists

Bill Clinton, who flew into North Korea today on a surprise mission to secure the release of two American journalists, was taken from the airport into a rare face-to-face meeting with the regime’s “Dear Leader”, Kim Jong Il.

The unexpected summit meeting has raised hopes across the region that North Korea may soon be enticed back to multinational disarmament talks after three months of mounting atomic tensions and provocation.

Former US president Bill Clinton on Tuesday met North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il during a surprise visit to Pyongyang to try to negotiate the release of two jailed female US journalists.
North Korean state media said Clinton had delivered a verbal message to Kim from current US President Barack Obama, but the White House -- which had described the trip as a "solely private mission" -- quickly denied the report.