S. Korea commemorates 10th year of ex-President Kim Dae-jung’s death

SEOUL-- South Korea on Sunday commemorated the death of former liberal President Kim Dae-jung 10 years ago, as the nation remembers his dedication to democracy and efforts to improve ties with North Korea and Japan.

Political leaders, government officials and other citizens, including National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang and Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, attended the memorial ceremony at Seoul National Cemetery.

Kim, a longtime opposition leader and pro-democracy fighter, led the country from 1998-2003. He is credited with leading the nation to tide over a financial crisis and launching inter-Korean peace efforts with his "sunshine policy," for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000.

He died from complications from pneumonia on Aug. 18, 2009, at the age of 85.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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