Tens of thousands of mourners gathered Sunday for the funeral of the late former President Kim Dae-jung (1924-2009) to pay a final tribute to the iconic statesman…The former president pioneered the South’s “Sunshine Policy” of engagement with the North and he spent his life pursuing democracy and reunification. (Read rest of article here)
His life was a series of improbable escapes from assassination attempts, a death sentence, and long periods in prison and in exile, before he was recognised as one of Asia’s all-time champions of democracy.
For sure, Kim Dae-Jung was a great statesmen and a leader for Korean. My sincere respect for not giving up his conviction for freedom and contribute on progress of inter-Korean cooperation. However, his Sunshine policy did not help any human right issues in N. Korea at all. And despite billions of dollars of aid and goodwill gestures, N. Korean leader Kim Jong-Il never gave up his nuclear ambition.
My condolences to all of DJ’s family and his followers. Farewell and RIP, DJ!