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2009/08/04 22:17 KST
N. Korean leader receives Obama's message from Clinton: state media

By Kim Hyun
SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader met with visiting former U.S. President Bill Clinton in Pyongyang on Tuesday and received a verbal message from U.S. President Barack Obama, Pyongyang's state media reported.

   Kim hosted a dinner for Clinton at the state guest house, said Radio Pyongyang and the Korean Central Broadcasting Station.

   Clinton arrived in North Korea earlier Tuesday, a trip apparently aimed at winning the release of two American journalists detained in the communist state since March.

   The reports said the two exchanged "a broad range of opinion" in their talks.

   Clinton's surprise visit also raised hopes for a breakthrough in the long-stalled nuclear disarmement talks and a momentum for dialogue.