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Carter is the second former US President to visit the DPRK in as many years. On August 4th 2009, former US President Bill Clinton travelled to Pyongyang, to secure the release of two jailed US reporters.
The journalists, Euna Lee and Laura Ling were sentenced to 12 years' hard labor by the DPRK after they were arrested at the border with China in March 2009. The DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Il, issued a "special pardon" to the journalists, after meeting with Clinton.
Pyongyang also expressed strong interest in holding bi-lateral talks with the US, saying it wouldn't return to the six-party nuclear talks.