26 Dec '11, 1am

S. Korea delegations cross border to mourn Kim's death

S. Korea delegations cross border to mourn Kim's death

DORASAN, South Korea: A former South Korean first lady and a leading businesswoman crossed the border to North Korea Monday to pay respects to its late leader Kim Jong-Il. Lee Hee-Ho, 89, widow of late president Kim Dae-Jung, and Hyundai Group chairwoman Hyun Jung-Eun, 56, will also meet officials during their two-day trip. "I hope that our visit to the North will help improve South-North relations," Yonhap news agency quoted Lee as saying before she crossed the border with her aides. Kim Dae-Jung and Kim Jong-Il held the first-ever inter-Korea summit in 2000 and Hyundai pioneered cross-border business projects. The delegations are due to hold a lunch meeting with unidentified officials in Pyongyang later Monday before paying last respects to Kim, according to the South's unification ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs. It was unclear whether the officials would i...

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