Former 1st Lady to Visit North Korea

kpride, June 27, 2015, 11:07 a.m.

The widow of former President Kim Dae-jung will likely visit North Korea next month and meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, an informed source said Friday. Lee Hee-ho, the first lady while Kim served in office from 1998 to 2003, has been awaiting a response from North Korea for her cross-border trip, which could help alleviate tension on the Korean Peninsula.

"North Korea has proposed a meeting next Tuesday in Kaesong regarding Lee's possible visit to North Korea in response to our call for talks last week," said Kim Sung-jae, an official of the Kim Dae-jung Peace Center, citing the border town in the North.

"Today, we submitted a document to win the government's approval for the visit to Keasong," he said, noting some five officials from the South are to meet with five North Korean counterparts to arrange her schedule. She is expected to visit Pyongyang as early as next month and no later than Aug. 15, the official said, adding other details will be fixed during the next week's meeting.


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