Carter in Pyongyang to free American
The rare journey to win the release of 31-year-old Aijalon Gomes of Boston comes a year after another former president, Bill Clinton, traveled to North Korea on a private mission to bring home two American journalists also sentenced to prison for sneaking into the country illegally.
North Korea had agreed to release Mr. Gomes, who was believed to be in poor health, to Mr. Carter if the ex-president visits, a senior U.S. official told the Associated Press in Washington. Mr. Carter was expected to spend one night in North Korea and return home with Mr. Gomes on Thursday, a second U.S. official said.
Both spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
Official says no peace deal in a year
JERUSALEM | Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday that renewed peace talks with the Palestinians were unlikely to get anywhere within the one-year time frame set by the United States.
“It’s clear that the two sides are so different; in content, in approach, that it’s hard to talk about a peace agreement within a year,” Mr. Lieberman told Israeli public radio.
The two sides, due to relaunch direct talks in Washington next week after a 20-month hiatus, have been negotiating since 1993, when they signed interim accords after secret peace talks in Norway, but have yet to reach an agreement leading to Palestinian statehood.
“What have we been doing for the 17 years since Oslo?” Mr. Lieberman asked rhetorically.
“Suddenly we’re going to reach a peace agreement within a year? I think that the more we can lower expectations the healthier it will be.”View Entire Story
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