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Clinton's Pyongyang mission

August 4th, 2009
03:26 PM ET

LONDON, England - What's it all about Bill?

Just when you thought the former U.S. president's days in the international limelight were over, up pops Bill Clinton in Pyongyang of all places, in a family photo with none other than the great leader himself, Kim Jong-il.

We’re told Clinton’s there to secure the release of two jailed American journalists - but there is no doubt he’ll be carrying a message from U.S. President Barack Obama: Washington wants to improve relations.

The U.S. clearly needs a commitment from North Korea that it will resume its disarmament process. North Korea wants an end to sanctions and more economic support. In the short term it is pressing for direct negotiations with the U.S.

But Washington says bilateral talks can only take place in the context of the six-nation discussions rejected by North Korea.

So, there are two questions that need answering.

Firstly, will Clinton be effective in negotiating the release of two U.S. journalists in North Korea? Nearly three-quarters of those responding to a CNN.com quick poll believe he will be successful. Do you?

The bigger ask though is this: Can Clinton play a trump card in the world of diplomacy and do what his former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright failed to do nine years ago - gain some ground on the nuclear issue? And if he’s successful, will he been seen as supporting or usurping his wife?

It’s your call. Leave your comments below or email me at connecttheworld@cnn.com. We’ll use your thoughts on the show at 2100 London time.

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