Kim Jong-Il Was 'Fully Engaged' During Clinton Visit

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2009 3:04 PM CDT
Former US President Bill Clinton meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in Pyonggyang.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Longtime Bill Clinton aide John Podesta, who accompanied the former president on his recent rescue mission to North Korea, says leader Kim Jong-Il was "fully engaged" during the visit, Reuters reports. “I would basically say that the discussions were pretty straightforward and he was fully engaged,” Podesta told reporters, though he declined to elaborate on Kim, who is thought to have suffered a stroke and may have pancreatic cancer.