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August 5th, 2009
09:45 AM ET

Statement by President Bill Clinton

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/08/05/nkorea.pardons/art.clinton.il.afp.gi.jpg caption="Former President Clinton met Tuesday with North Korea leader Kim Jong Il. "]

Office of President William Jefferson Clinton

"I am very happy that after this long ordeal, Laura Ling and Euna Lee are now home and reunited with their loved ones.

When their families, Vice President Gore and the White House asked that I undertake this humanitarian mission, I agreed. I share a deep sense of relief with Laura and Euna and their families that they are safely home."


Filed under: 360º Follow • Bill Clinton • North Korea
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Annie Kate

    Well, despite all the comments that the White House did not ask Clinton to do this, Bill says in this statement that he was asked by the families, Al Gore, and the White House to do this. I'm so glad Bill Clinton went and did it whether or not the White House asked – can you imagine what those women felt when they entered that room and President Clinton was standing there? That must have been one heck of a moment

    August 5, 2009 at 10:44 pm |
  2. Art

    He is certainly out shinning his wife. I wonder how she "really" feels.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  3. sharlotk

    God bless former president Clinton. What a wonderful thing all involved did. If those girls were my girls, I cant imagine! God bless!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  4. Bridget Parker

    I am thankful we have people like previous President's that are willing to go on humanitarian missions. Just wish they would be able to do them with more positive results like this one to North Korea in areas of Africa where genocide is practiced on a daily basis. We can no longer turn our heads when atrocities are happening to our fellow man.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  5. Marli Erickson

    It appears that N. Korea contacted the "Make a Wish Foundation" on behalf of Kim Jong II. I wish to meet Bill Clinton.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:27 am |