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Profile: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter

08-27-2010 13:34 BJT

PYONGYANG, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter left Pyongyang Friday after securing the release of a U.S. man detained in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) since January.

Carter arrived here Wednesday to seek the release of Aijalon Mahli Gomes, a 30-year-old former English teacher in South Korea who was detained by the DPRK on Jan. 25 for entering the country illegally.

On April 6, Gomes was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment and a fine of about 700,000 U.S. dollars.

During his two-day stay here, Carter met with Kim Yong Nam, president of DPRK's Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.

During the meeting, Kim "expressed the will of the DPRK government for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the resumption of the six-party talks," the official KCNA news agency reported.

Private visits by former U.S. officials had been used in the past to release U.S. citizens held by the DPRK.

Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States (1977-1981), was born on Oct.1, 1924, in Plains, Georgia.

Upon graduation in 1946 from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Carter married Rosalynn Smith. They have three sons and a daughter.

Carter was elected Governor of Georgia in 1970 and became U.S. president in 1977.

After leaving the White House, Carter has devoted himself to diplomacy in countries and regions such as the DPRK, the Middle East, Bosnia and Haiti.

Carter, a Democrat, began his role as an unofficial diplomatic troubleshooter in 1994, when he visited Pyongyang for talks with DPRK leaders amid high tensions between DPRK and the U.S. over alleged plans by then-President Bill Clinton for a surgical strike on the Yongbyon nuclear complex.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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