December 11, 2000 |
South Korean President Kim Dae Jung, accepting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, promised to devote the rest of his life to peace, democracy and reconciliation with North Korea. The prize was given to Kim, 76, for his lifetime of work for democracy and human rights and for his efforts to reconcile the two Koreas, which have been uneasy neighbors since the 1950-53 Korean War. His achievements included a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in June.
October 15, 2000 |
Leaders throughout history have used war to distract their domestic critics. South Korean President Kim Dae Jung may find himself hoping that his Nobel Peace Prize can have the same effect. Kim has come under his share of brickbats in recent months in both the political and the economic arenas.
August 7, 2000 |
President Kim Dae Jung replaced eight of the 19 members of his Cabinet today, naming a new finance minister to allay criticism that the pace of his economic reform program has been sluggish. Kim retained Prime Minister Lee Han Dong in his largely ceremonial post in the reshuffle. Most of the ministers affected held economic posts and were responsible for implementing reforms drawn up more than 2 1/2 years ago during Asia's currency crisis.
July 19, 2000 |
North and South Korean officials will meet later this month to discuss establishment of a military hotline and the first exchanges between the two nations' armed forces, South Korean President Kim Dae Jung revealed Tuesday. In a far-ranging interview, Kim predicted that North Korea will inevitably be forced to open up its isolated economy but said reunification of the two Koreas could take 20 to 30 years.
June 17, 2000 |
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has agreed to invite Pope John Paul II to visit North Korea, South Korean President Kim Dae Jung told his Cabinet on Friday. Coming a day after the Southern leader returned from a historic summit in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, the announcement kept South Koreans debating whether Kim Jong Il's new openness is a propaganda ploy to extract aid or represents a tectonic policy shift by his hermetic, hard-line regime.
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June 16, 2000
Athaw may finally be setting in along the last frozen frontier of the Cold War. This week's unprecedented meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea reaffirmed the two countries' shared aspiration for national reunification, 55 years after Korea was liberated from brutal Japanese occupation but left geographically and ideologically divided. No one expects to see a unitary Korea for many years or even decades.
June 16, 2000 |
South Korean President Kim Dae Jung was greeted by cheering crowds and soaring balloons when he returned home Thursday bearing a major agreement with North Korea. But even before his plane landed, his countrymen were adding up the summit score.
June 15, 2000 |
For U.S. advocates of a robust national missile defense system, the images emanating from the historic Korean summit spell trouble. Photos and TV footage from the summit show a smiling, relaxed North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, hosting his South Korean counterpart, Kim Dae Jung. More important, they depict the reclusive Communist ruler acting in an apparently rational manner.
June 15, 2000
Unofficial translation of the agreement signed by the leaders of North Korea and South Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea: In accordance with the noble will of the entire people yearning for the peaceful reunification of the nation, President Kim Dae Jung of the Republic of [South] Korea and National Defense Commission Chairman Kim Jong Il of the Democratic People's Republic of [North] Korea held a historic meeting and summit talks in Pyongyang from June 13 to June 15, 2000.
June 15, 2000 |
The leaders of North and South Korea signed a landmark agreement late Wednesday pledging concrete steps toward reunifying their divided peninsula. The pact, the most sweeping document signed by the two states, redefines the hostile and suspicious relations that still persist in the bisected Korean peninsula a decade after the end of the Cold War. North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korean President Kim Dae Jung agreed to allow visits around Aug.