February 1, 2006

N.-S.Korea eye North visit by South’s Kim Dae-jung

SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea are in talks to
allow former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung to visit the
North in April, an aide to Kim said on Thursday.

Kim won a Nobel Peace prize for orchestrating an
unprecedented and so far unrepeated meeting of the leaders of
the two Koreas when he traveled to Pyongyang to meet North
Korean leader Kim Jong-il in June 2000.

That meeting set the stage for greater inter-Korean
cooperation, including work to relink roads and railway lines
through the fortified Demilitarized Zone border that has split
the peninsula since the 1950-53 Korean War.

"Kim Dae-jung hopes to visit Pyongyang by train some time
in April," an aide to the former president said by telephone.
"The South Korean government has relayed that wish to the

A South Korean government official confirmed Seoul and
Pyongyang were in talks about the possible visit, which would
come as regional powers try to persuade the North to give up
its nuclear weapons programs.