Kim Dae-jung's Widow Agrees Schedule for N.Korea Visit

  • By Hwang Dae-jin

    July 07, 2015 10:04

    Lee Hee-ho, the widow of former President Kim Dae-jung, will visit North Korea for four days starting Aug. 5.

    Officials from the Kim Dae-jung Peace Center and the North's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee reached agreement on her schedule in a meeting at Kaesong in North Korea on Monday. Kim Sung-jae of the center made the announcement in Paju, Gyeonggi Province that afternoon.

    "North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offered a flight in consideration of Lee's health, and she accepted it," Kim said. "We'll have to discuss further whether they'll send a plane or she'll take a South Korean plane."

    During her visit there, Lee will stay at Paekhwawon, the North's state guesthouse, visit an orphanage, and rest at Mt. Myohyang, Kim added.

    It is not clear whether Lee will meet Kim Jong-un. "It's a matter that'll be decided by the North," Kim Sun-jae said.

    In a personal letter late last year, Kim Jong-un thanked Lee for sending a wreath on the third anniversary of his father's death, asking her to "visit Pyongyang at a good time next year."

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