*Source: DTN News / AP
(NSI News Source Info) SEOUL, South Korea - August 4, 2009: North Korea welcomed former President Bill Clinton to Pyongyang with flowers and hearty handshakes Tuesday as he arrived in the communist nation on a surprise mission to bring home two jailed American journalists.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton arrives at Sunan airport in Pyongyang August 4, 2009. Clinton made a surprise visit to North Korea on Tuesday to try to win the release of two jailed U.S. journalists, a move some analysts said could mark the isolated state's return to dialogue over nuclear weapons.
Clinton landed in the North Korean capital in an unmarked jet. On arrival he shook hands with Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Kwan and the deputy speaker of parliament.
Footage from television news agency APTN showed Clinton bowing and smiling as a young girl presented him with flowers.