As reported Tuesday morning: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and former U.S. President Bill Clinton met in Pyongyang Tuesday, with Clinton reportedly delivering a message from Washington. Clinton traveled to the reclusive Communist country to try to win the release of two U.S. journalists detained in North Korea. Current TV reporters Laura Ling and Euna Lee were arrested March 17 near the North Korea-China border and later sentenced to 12 years in a labor camp on charges of illegal entry and hostile acts. “Bill Clinton courteously conveyed a verbal message of U.S. President Barack Obama to Kim Jong-Il,” the country’s official Korean Central News Agency said.
In Washington, the White House denied sending a message to Pyongyang through Clinton, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. “That’s not true,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters. Earlier, the White House issued a statement saying it would not comment on Clinton’s trip. “While this solely private mission to secure the release of two Americans is on the ground, we will have no comment,” the statement said. “We do not want to jeopardize the success of former President Clinton’s mission.”
Kim and Clinton had “a wide-ranging exchange of views on the matters of common concern,” North Korean media said. The National Defense Commission hosted a dinner for Clinton and his entourage at the state guest house. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the former president’s wife, has said the United States would seek amnesty for the journalists after dropping its request for their release on humanitarian grounds.
So far I can’t find any reports on why Clinton was chosen for this mission instead of Dick “Chest Blaster” Cheney or George “Can’t Walk And Chew Gum At The Same Time” Bush.