White House: No comment on Clinton trip

The White House declined to comment Tuesday on former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonBill Clinton distributes relief supplies in Puerto Rico In Washington and Hollywood, principle is sad matter of timing Mika Brzezinski: Bill Clinton needs to apologize or stop talking MORE's trip to North Korea seeking the release of two imprisoned American journalists.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that "while this solely private mission to secure the release of two Americans is on the ground, we will have no comment."

"We do not want to jeopardize the success of former President Clinton's mission," Gibbs said.

He added later in a West Wing meeting with reporters that the White House is holding back comment because the situation is "a little sensitive."

"We will have more to say on this hopefully later on," Gibbs said.

Gibbs refuted reports that the former president is carrying a message to North Korean officials on behalf of President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaReport: FCC chair to push for complete repeal of net neutrality Right way and wrong way Keystone XL pipeline clears major hurdle despite recent leak MORE, saying that is not true.

In early June, American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Ling were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in the communist country for illegal entry and other charges.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has condemned the arrest and the sentencing.