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North Korea to Release Christian Activist

Former president Jimmy Carter is on his way to secure Aijalon Mahli Gomes's freedom.

The North Korean government says they will free a Christian activist they sent to prison in April—as long as former President Jimmy Carter is the one who comes to get him.

CNN reported that Carter is gearing up for a trip to North Korea to free Christian activist and American citizen Aijalon Mahli Gomes. North Korean officials say they will release Gomes to Carter.

Gomes received an 8-year "hard labor" sentence in April after crossing the border into North Korea from China three months earlier. Observers at the time said that North Korea wanted to use Gomes as bargaining leverage in the ongoing wrangle with the U.S. over their nuclear program. Officially, the Obama administration will only engage with North Korea if they come back to the table in the ongoing six-party talks over their nuclear program.

The White House characterizes Carter's trip as "a private humanitarian effort" by a private citizen. Former President Bill Clinton undertook a similar effort to secure the freedom of two journalists ...

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