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When saying 'sorry' pays off. The DPRK, Bill Clinton et al.

A timeline:


KCNA Detailed Report on Truth about Crimes Committed by American Journalists

"at dawn of March 17 unidentified two men and two women covertly crossed the River Tuman to intrude into its bank of the DPRK side in Kangan-ri, Onsong County, North Hamgyong Province. The two women were arrested on the spot...The investigation proved that the intruders crossed the border and committed the crime for the purpose of making animation files to be used for an anti-DPRK smear campaign over its human rights issue...At the trial the accused admitted that what they did were criminal acts committed, prompted by the political motive to isolate and stifle the socialist system of the DPRK by faking up moving images aimed at falsifying its human rights performance and hurling slanders and calumnies at it....In the name of the DPRK the Central Court determined ten years of hard labour...The prison term is counted from March 22, 2009, when the accused were detained and it was pronounced that the judgment is unappealable.


Kim Jong Il Meets Former U.S. President Bill Clinton

General Secretary Kim Jong Il today met with former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his party on a visit to the DPRK. Bill Clinton courteously conveyed a verbal message of U.S. President Barack Obama to Kim Jong Il.


Report on Bill Clinton's Visit to DPRK Made Public

..."Clinton expressed words of sincere apology to Kim Jong Il for the hostile acts committed by the two American journalists against the DPRK after illegally intruding into it. Clinton courteously conveyed to Kim Jong Il an earnest request of the U.S. government to leniently pardon them and send them back home from a humanitarian point of view...Kim Jong Il issued an order of the Chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission on granting a special pardon to the two American journalists...The measure taken to release the American journalists is a manifestation of the DPRK's humanitarian and peace loving policy".

All's well that ends well, but it says much about 'the Rule of Law' in the DPRK that an 'unappealable' sentence can be overturned by KJI snapping his fingers.


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Blogger All Seeing Eye said... 4:13 pm

It seems like "When Bill Met Il" is being spun in every direction you can imagine. Not going to bother blogging on it.

Frankly, if the choice was 10 years hard labour or a photo-opportunity with a preening Cigar Abuser and Al "Cuddle A Polar Bear" Bore then I'd be struggling to choose...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:00 pm

I think one would hope to be shot on the spot there and then....  

Anonymous Pro RoK counter-rev. said... 11:54 am

A victory for Ju Chi!


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