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North Korea's Kim releases U.S. journalists: report
August 4, 2009 / 7:21 PM / in 8 years

North Korea's Kim releases U.S. journalists: report

LONDON (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has granted a “special pardon” to two jailed U.S. journalists which releases them from detention, the official KCNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

<p>American journalists Euna Lee (L) and Laura Ling are shown in this undated image from Yonhap news agency. REUTERS/Yonhap</p>

“Kim Jong-il issued an order of the chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission on granting a special pardon to the two American journalists who had been sentenced to hard labor in accordance with Article 103 of the Socialist Constitution and releasing them,” KCNA said in a statement which carried a Pyongyang dateline.

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