Two US journalists detained in North Korea and sentenced to 12 years of hard labour have been pardoned after former US President Bill Clinton visited North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to ask for their release. According to reports, the reporters Laura Ling, 32, and Euna Lee, 36, who worked with US based internet broadcaster Current TV flew home with Mr. Clinton.
Comments are coming in from all around the world about how former President Clinton could travel to a hostile nation and do what President Obama could not.
ktotwf asks on Twitter: Did anyone notice how Bill Clinton saved those reporters from KJI like he was superman or something?
Han explains on his blog:
These talks may lead to the creation of goodwill between the two sides and create new channels of communication.
But the P.U.M.A blog is not as supportive: This is like rewarding a child for throwing a tantrum to be taken to the state fair, with a visit to Disney World.
The Obama administration says that the former President was on a private mission.
But should he have gone at all? Is this a first step to diplomacy with a new Pyongyang or did Mr Clinton’s visit only reward North Korea’s bad behaviour?