Carter to free American in N.Korea

Aijalon Mahli GomesFormer President Jimmy Carter is on another humanitarian mission, this time to free an American — 30-year-old Bostonian Aijalon Mahli Gomes (r.) — arrested in North Korea in January for illegally entering the communist nation and sentenced to eight years in prison.  International relations Professor William Keylor, author of “A world of Nations: The International Order since 1945,” says the release seems to be all about North Korean domestic politics.

“There is obviously a furious struggle within North Korea over the succession to Kim Jong-il, and this latest gesture may represent a bid by the faction favoring better relations with the outside world to promote a resumption of the stalled six-party talks.”

Contact William Keylor, 617-358-0197,

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