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Former US president Jimmy Carter is set to arrive in the DPRK to negotiate the release of a US man, who has been detained for illegal entry.
Carter departed the U.S. on Tuesday aboard a civilian jet along with his wife. Carter's trip is aimed at gaining the freedom of Aijalon Mahli Gomes.
The 31-year old was detained by the DPRK in January earlier this year, for entering the country illegally.
On April 6th, he was sentenced to eight years in prison and a fine of about 700,000 U.S. dollars. US officials stress that the visit is a private trip, and that Carter is not representing the US government.