[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."
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