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CAP Statement on the Safe Return of Laura Ling and Euna Lee
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CAP Statement on the Safe Return of Laura Ling and Euna Lee

The Center for American Progress shares the relief of the president and many others upon the successful release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee.

Former President Bill Clinton, CAP President CEO and founder John Podesta, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il meet in Pyongyang on August 4, 2009. (AP/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)
Former President Bill Clinton, CAP President CEO and founder John Podesta, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il meet in Pyongyang on August 4, 2009. (AP/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

We share the sense of excitement and relief expressed by President Obama and many others today upon the successful release of our fellow citizens, Laura Ling and Euna Lee. We are proud of the role Center for American Progress CEO and founder John D. Podesta played in accompanying former President Clinton on the mission to secure their freedom. We hope the North Korean regime decides to build on this successful episode by recommitting to its existing obligations toward the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through peaceful means.

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