Carter Lands in North Korea to Bring Home American

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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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