Former South Korea leader to visit North

Feb. 1, 2006 at 7:23 PM

SEOUL, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung said he wants to take a train to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong-il.

The two met in 2000 when Kim Dae-jung was still president and both said they wanted to meet again.

The diplomacy comes at a time when North Korea is further isolated by claims by the United States that it is a rogue nation and part of President Bush's axis of evil.

The 82-year-old Kim Dae-jung said he won't get into details about the proposed meeting until North Korean leader Kim Jong-il responds to his request for a visit, the Korea Times reports.

Kim Dae-jung said he will surely go though, weather and health permitting.

He chose train travel to spur the opening of a cross country train line overdue to begin service.

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