Bill Clinton leaves North Korea - KCNA

LONDON Wed Aug 5, 2009 2:46am IST

Image taken from video footage shows former U.S. President Bill Clinton (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il posing for a picture in Pyongyang August 4, 2009. REUTERS/KRT via Reuters TV

Image taken from video footage shows former U.S. President Bill Clinton (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il posing for a picture in Pyongyang August 4, 2009.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has left North Korea with his party by air, the the official KCNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

" They were seen off at the airport by Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, and Kim Kye Gwan, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs," KCNA said in a statement which carried a Pyongyang dateline.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il earlier granted a "special pardon" to two jailed U.S. journalists which releases them from detention, KCNA news agency reported.

The latest agency despatch did not mention the two journalists.

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