S.Korean ex-president to visit N.Korea

May 17, 2006 at 7:04 AM
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SEOUL, May 17 (UPI) -- North and South Korea agreed Wednesday that former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung will visit Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said the agreement was reached in working-level talks in the North's Mount Kumgang between a South Korean team headed by former Unification Minister Jeong Se-hyun and a North Korean team led by Vice Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Committee Ri Jong Hyok, Kyodo News reported.

Later this month, the two sides will discuss specific dates and other procedural details for the former South Korean president's visit to Pyongyang, set for late June.

When he was in office, Kim Dae-jung held a landmark inter-Korean summit with Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. The June 2000 summit resulted in a string of national reconciliation and economic cooperation projects.

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