SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Koreans are welcoming Jimmy Carter back to Pyongyang with smiles, salutes and hearty handshakes Wednesday.
The former American president arrived on a mission to bring home a Boston man jailed in the communist country since January.
U.S. officials have billed Carter's trip as a private humanitarian visit to try to negotiate the release of Aijalon Gomes, who has been sentenced to eight years of hard labor in a North Korean prison for entering the country illegally from China.
But analysts say the visit by also offers an opportunity for unofficial diplomacy between the U.S. and North Korea.
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