Two American journalists freed from a North Korean prison after four months tearfully reunited with their loved ones Wednesday morning in California.

They are finally back home on American soil and relieved the nightmare is over.

“Thirty hours ago, Euna Lee and I were prisoners in North Korea,” freed journalist Laura Ling said addressing a crowd of supporters.

Ling and Lee were detained for illegally entering the country in March and faced 12 years of hard labor in the communist state.

“We feared that at any moment we could be sent to a hard labor camp and then suddenly we were told that we were going to a meeting,” Ling said. “When we walked through the doors we saw standing before us president Bill Clinton.”

They were released after former President Bill Clinton made a surprise trip to Pyongyang, Tuesday, to meet with North Korea’s president Kim Jong Il.

“We were shocked,” Ling added. “But we knew instantly in our hearts that the nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end.”

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