June 12, 2019 10:09
Hundreds of mourners on Tuesday paid their respects to Lee Hee-ho, the widow of former President Kim Dae-jung, who died Monday at 97.
President Moon Jae-in, who is on a visit to Scandinavia, sent a wreath. A public funeral will be held on Friday and Lee's remains will be buried at the Seoul National Cemetery.
North Korea could send a delegation to the funeral since her husband was responsible for the first inter-Korean summit in 2000 and commands a certain respect there, while Lee visited Pyongyang in 2011 for the funeral of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and met his successor Kim Jong-un.
When Kim Dae-jung died in 2009, North Korea sent a delegation headed by a senior official to his funeral despite chilly cross-border relations after the shooting death of a South Korean tourist at the North's Mt. Kumgang resort and the North's second test launch of a long-range missile.
Ruling-party lawmakers hope that a visit by a high-level North Korean delegation could help resume dialogue between the two Koreas, which dried up after the failed U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi in February.
North Korea has yet to comment on Lee's death.
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