Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore may be headed to Pyongyang, North Korea to negotiate the release of two American journalists on trial in North Korea for illegal entry into the Communist country.

Al Gore

Al Gore

As we reported here, Laura Ling and Euna Lee are two journalists with Current TV, who have been detained in North Korea since March for illegally crossing the China-North Korea border. They have been sentenced to 12 years in a prison labor camp by a North Korean court.

Al Gore is the chairman of Current TV and one of its founders. Laura Ling and Euna Lee were filming a segment regarding North Korean refugees near the Yalu River when they were stopped by North Korean officials and taken into custody. North Korea alleges that they were illegally in North Korean territory.

Korean media is reporting that U.S. officials want Al Gore to help negotiate the release of the two journalists in his role as chairman of Current TV. North Korea and the United States do not have diplomatic relations, so there are currently no formal channels between the two countries to discuss the release of the prisoners.

Euna Lee and Laura Ling have been sentenced to 12 years in prison for illegal entry and “hostile acts” under North Korean law.

North Korea defied the Clinton Administration when Al Gore was Vice President, so I have trouble seeing how sending him to Pyongyang will do any good now. I frankly think we would be better off sending an American that North Korea respects more, like someone from the Disney clan (Kim Jong Il reportedly has a large collection of Disney cartoons). Hopefully, Gore can make some progress, for the sake of these two women who are being held as pawns in an international stalemate over nuclear arms.

See video of a candlelight vigil held in honor of the two captives below: