Diplomacy

Gore to Rescue Journalists?

The two American journalists who were recently sentenced to 12 years hard labor in North Korea, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, worked for the television network founded by Al Gore. Might he come to their rescue? According to CNN, the idea of sending Gore to Pyongyang on a mission to free the journalists has been floated to the North Koreans. The North Koreans have not yet replied, but “the expectation has been that once the trial ended, the North would accept a visit … to secure the jorunalists’ release.” One reason the North Koreans might want to cooperate? If they don’t accept Al Gore, then the United States might dispatch Bill Richardson instead.