The North, which wants one-on-one talks with the US, said it's open to dialogue and had entered the "completion phase" of developing highly enriched uranium.
Laura Ling and Euna Lee said North Korean soldiers dragged them across the Chinese border. The statement also raises questions about whether their guide lured them into a trap.
As tens of thousands gather in Seoul to mourn the death of the former president, his 'Sunshine policy' is breathing life into fresh North-South talks.
Bill Clinton spoke to Kim Jong-il about detained South Koreans and missing Japanese citizens. But N. Korea's neighbors are skeptical of any move away from six-party framework for dialogue.
Laura Ling and Euna Lee wanted to generate discussion about 'important issues.' By returning to the US today, they have.
'Dear Leader' Kim got his photo op. But will he get his way on bilateral nuclear talks?
The former president succeeded in securing the release of two American journalists partly because he brought Pyongyang the prestige it craves.
By letting a former president hold talks with North Korea, the current president leaves a democratic ally, South Korea, in the cold.