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Clinton's plane lands in Japan for refueling: report

2009-08-05 02:59:48 GMT2009-08-05 10:59:48 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

TOKYO, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The aircraft carrying former U.S. president Bill Clinton and the two freed journalists from Pyongyang landed for refueling at a U.S. military base in northern Japan Wednesday, broadcaster NHK reported.

NHK's news footage showed the plane landed at the U.S. Misawa Air Base in Aomori prefecture on Honshu island, at 10:25 a.m. local time (0125 GMT).

Clinton's plane is en route to Los Angeles after the two U.S. journalists were freed from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The chartered plane left Pyongyang's Sunan Airport at about 8 a.m. local time (2300 GMT Tuesday). Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of DPRK, and Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan saw them off at the airport.

PYONGYANG, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The two American female journalists captured on March 17 and sentenced to 12 years of "labor reform" in June by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea(DPRK) were granted an amnesty and released during former U.S. president Bill Clinton's visit to the country, the official KCNA news agency reported on Wednesday. Full story

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. president Bill Clinton on Tuesday met with two American woman journalists detained in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) hours after his arrival in Pyongyang, ABC News reported.

Clinton's meeting with Laura Ling and Euna Lee, both sentenced by the DPRK's highest court in June to 12 years in a labor camp for an illegal border crossing, is "very emotional," ABC News quoted an unidentified government source as saying. Full story

PYONGYANG, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton arrived in Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on Tuesday.

DPRK officials did not reveal the purpose of Clinton's visit, but the visit is reportedly related with negotiations for the release of two detained American journalists. Full story

SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton was heading to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Tuesday to seek the release of two detained American journalists.

"Former President Clinton is en route to Pyongyang," the Yonhap news agency quoted an informed source as saying. "As soon as he arrives there, he will begin negotiations for the release of the journalists."

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