Korean News Service is reporting that two American journalists held in N.Korea have been pardoned by Kim Jong Il. They are to be freed during Bill Clinton’s visit.

The BBC confirms:

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has issued a special pardon to two detained US journalists, the country’s state news agency reports.

Laura Ling and Euna Lee had been found guilty of entering the country illegally in March.

The pair, arrested by North Korean guards, were sentenced to hard labour.

The news comes on the day that former US President Bill Clinton made a surprise visit to Pyongyang on what was described as a private mission.

Which makes me want to add, heh.