N.Korea Sends Wreath to Mark Anniversary of Former President's Death

North Korea's leader sent a wreath on Monday to mark the fifth anniversary of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung's death.

Kim Yang-gon (front), director of the United Front Department of the North Korean Workers Party, and South Korean delegation enter a meeting room in Kaesong on Sunday. On the left is a wreath from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Kim Yang-gon (front), director of the United Front Department of the North Korean Workers Party, and South Korean delegation enter a meeting room in Kaesong on Sunday. On the left is a wreath from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

A five-person delegation on Sunday visited the communist country to receive the wreath. The group consisted of the son and close aides of the former South Korean leader, including Park Jie-won, a prominent lawmaker of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy. It was presented by Kim Yang-gon, director of the Workers Party United Front Department.

The delivery took place in Kaesong, just north of the demilitarized zone.

Kim Dae-jung is respected in North Korea for his efforts to reconcile with the country after his historic summit with then the North's leader Kim Jong-il in 2000. The former South Korean leader died in August 2009.

Arirang News / Aug. 18, 2014 11:17 KST