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Reporters, Clinton returning to U.S.: Richardson calls it a 'win'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gov. Bill Richardson says both the United States and North Korea can cite victory from the high-level talks that sprang two American journalists from jail in the reclusive communist country.

The former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. spoke on the CBS "Early Show," as the two journalists were heading back to the U.S.

Laura Ling and Euna Lee haven't been home since being arrested near the North Korean-Chinese border in March. North Korean authorities later sentenced them to 12 years of hard labor for illegally entering the country.

They both received pardons less than 24 hours after former President Bill Clinton arrived in the country and met with North Korea's reclusive leader. He'll also be arriving at the Burbank, California airport this morning. Former Vice President Al Gore will be among the crowd there to greet them.


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