The Obama White House said Wednesday that it was "enormously pleased" with the release of two young journalists by North Korea.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs made the comment as the pair was getting off a private plane near Los Angeles after returning with former US president Bill Clinton.
Gibbs, speaking to reporters at the White House, also said that Clinton will fill in US President Barack Obama's national security team on what transpired during his trip as a private envoy to Pyongyang for talks with Kim Jong Il, the leader of the reclusive communist state. Gibbs said he believed that the former president at some point also would speak directly with Obama about the trip.
At the same time, he reiterated that Clinton did not carry a message from Obama to Kim.
"If there wasn't a message, there certainly couldn't have been an apology," Gibbs said.