Kim Dae-jung's Widow to Visit N.Korea Next Month

      June 29, 2015 10:02

      Lee Hee-ho

      Lee Hee-ho, the widow of ex-President Kim Dae-jung, is likely to visit North Korea next month. Unification Ministry spokesman Lim Byung-chul told reporters that the Kim Dae-jung Peace Center last week sought government approval for Lee's trip.

      The spokesman said the ministry will make a decision based on the necessity of her visit and other conditions.

      Five officials from the Kim Dae-jung Peace Center are scheduled to meet five North Korean officials in the border town of Kaesong on Tuesday.

      Lee sent a wreath to Pyongyang last year to mark the third anniversary of the death of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, and the North responded by inviting her to visit and get some "rest."

      If the visit takes place it would come just ahead of the 70th anniversary of Korean independence from Japanese occupation and has raised hopes of improving inter-Korean ties.

      Kim held a landmark summit in 2000 with then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. The two leaders signed the June 15th Joint Declaration that subsequently led to nearly a decade of growing inter-Korea exchanges.

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