Former First Lady Visits Hospitals in North Korea

kpopluv, Aug. 6, 2015, 8:52 a.m.

Lee Hee-ho, the widow of former President Kim Dae-jung, arrived in Pyongyang on Wednesday, the official [North] Korean Central News Agency reported. Lee and her entourage "were welcomed by Maeng Kyong-il, vice chairman of the North's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang around 11 a.m.," a spokesman for the Kim Dae-jung Peace Center said. 

They unpacked at Paekhwawon, the North's state guesthouse, before she visited a maternity clinic and a children's hospital in the afternoon. Lee took a chartered Eastar Jet from Gimpo Airport. She returns on Saturday after visiting an orphanage and Mt. Myohyang.

It is not clear whether she will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.  "We've received no message about a meeting with Kim," the spokesman added. But nobody can rule out a surprise meeting since she is visiting Pyongyang at Kim's invitation.


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