NORTH KOREA: Families 'overjoyed' by news of N.K. pardon

Families of American journalists jailed in North Korea issue statements thanking former U.S. President Bill Clinton for traveling to Pyongyang to negotiate their release

The Korea Herald
Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The families of two US journalists jailed in North Korea said Tuesday they were "overjoyed" by news that former president Bill Clinton had secured their release on a historic trip to Pyongyang, according to Yonhap News.

"The families of Laura Ling and Euna Lee are overjoyed by the news of their pardon," they said in a statement, which also praised the work of US President Barack Obama's administration.

"We especially want to thank president Bill Clinton for taking on such an arduous mission and vice president Al Gore for his tireless efforts to bring Laura and Euna home.

"We must also thank all the people who have supported our families through this ordeal, it has meant the world to us. We are counting the seconds to hold Laura and Euna in our arms," the statement said.