Carter leaves DPRK with U.S. citizen, Pyongyang willing to resume six-party talks

14:19, August 27, 2010      

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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (front) arrives at an airport in Pyongyang, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Aug. 27, 2010. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter left Pyongyang Friday, taking home the U.S. man Aijalon Mahli Gomes detained in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) since January for illegal entry. (Xinhua/Yao Ximeng)

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter left the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Friday, wrapping up a visit that not only realized the release of a U.S. citizen, but also was widely seen as carrying much political weight.

Carter and Aijalon Mahli Gomes, the U.S. man detained by the DPRK since January for entering the country illegally, boarded the same civilian jet which Carter took when he arrived here two days ago, as Xinhua reporters witnessed at the scene.

The U.S. State Department welcomed the release of Gomes, saying in a statement that "we appreciate former president Carter's humanitarian effort and welcome the DPRK's decision to grant Mr Gomes special amnesty and allow him to return to the United States."

In a related development, the official KCNA news agency reported that Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, said during his meeting with Carter that the DPRK is willing to resume six-party talks.

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