South Korea’s unification minister met with North Korea’s unity leader Saturday in another sign that icy relations between the two rival nations could be thawing, the South’s state media reported. The meeting was the first high-level cross border contact in nearly two years, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported. South Korea’s Unification Minister Hyun In Taek held talks with Kim Yang Gon, head of the North’s Workers’ Party unification, the agency reported
A North Korean delegation arrived in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday to mourn former South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung, best remembered for trying to foster better relations between the two neighbors, the South’s media reported. “Mourning the passing of the late president Kim Dae-jung …” said the great white wreath adorned with a black ribbon delivered on behalf of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. The six-members of the delegation bowed their heads in front of the altar set up in honor of the late president.
Former South Korean President and Nobel Laureate Kim Dae-jung died of heart failure Tuesday, hospital officials said. He was 83. Kim — who was president from 1998 to 2003 — won the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize for fostering better relations between North and South Korea.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela is celebrating his 91st birthday Saturday — as his wife reveals he is struggling to deal with the indignities of aging.
Former South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun committed suicide Saturday by leaping to his death from a hill behind his house, the South Korean government announced. He was 62. Roh, who was president from 2003 to 2008, had gone hiking near his home with an aide around 6:30 a.m.
Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun died apparently after falling while hiking, police said Saturday. The information came from the Geyong Nam Police Department, a provincial police agency, which said circumstances of the death — which occurred near where Roh was living — were not immediately clear. A hospital spokesman declined to comment.