Friday, August 27, 2010
at 3:36 AM Posted by Jennifer Martin
Carter has decided to make the trip and is scheduled to leave from the Hermit Kingdom within days, possibly leading to his wife and daughter throughout the day. His goal is to bring back Gomes Aijalon Mahli, a 30-year-old from Boston, who was sentenced to eight years in prison in April, about three months after being arrested crossing into North Korea through China. In July, the official organ of North Korea reported that the media Gomes had tried to commit suicide. Earlier this month, the State Department secretly sent a group of four men to visit Pyongyang for Gomes, but could not secure his release.
Foreign Policy’s report, said Mr. Carter, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, traveling as a private citizen, similar to the mission conducted by former President Bill Clinton last year when he secured the release of Laura Ling and Americans Euna Lee, two television journalists who were also jailed after wandering over the border from North Korea China.Mr Carter made an unprecedented visit to Pyongyang in 1994, when America went to war with Korea North on its nuclear program. He helped defuse the crisis through talks with the then leader Kim Il-sung