Kim's sister makes rare trip to pay respects to former S. Korean first lady

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister has paid a rare visit to the country's southern border to deliver a condolence message over the death of a former South Korean first lady who promoted unity between the rivals. Ms Kim Yo Jong extended the offering yesterday to South Korea's national security adviser, Mr Chung Eui-yong (second from left), at the Panmunjom truce village that straddles the border, a presidential spokesman in Seoul said. Ms Kim was photographed talking to Mr Chung and lawmaker Park Ji-won near a wreath for Madam Lee Hee-ho, who died on Monday at the age of 96. North Korea's government has had a special relationship with Madam Lee and her husband, former president Kim Dae-jung, who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his "Sunshine Policy" of rapprochement to coax the reclusive state out of its shell. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2019, with the headline 'Kim's sister makes rare trip to pay respects to former S. Korean first lady'. Print Edition | Subscribe