Former US President, Jimmy Carter has left North Korea with a pledge the country is committed to denuclearising the Korean peninsula according to the state’s news agency.
It also confirmed North Korea is willing to resume six way talks.
The former president left Pyongyang with an American who had been convicted of illegally entering the country.
Aijalon Gomes had been arrested in January and sentenced to eight years of hard labour.
The former president’s visit took place amid heightened tensions on the peninsula after the torpedoing in March of a South Korean warship. That prompted Washington to expand sanctions against Pyongyang.
Shortly after Carter arrived the North’s reclusive leader, Kim Jong-il, left for ally China.
Kim Yong Nam the country’s number two met with Jimmy Carter.