Former South Korean President Kim Dae Jung, who died on August 18 while being treated for pneumonia, epitomized three key values of the country in the past four decades: democracy, economic justice and reunification of the Korean peninsula.
Winner of the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize, Kim is best remembered outside of Korea for his "Sunshine" engagement policy aimed at coaxing North Korea into joining the international community. But at home, it was his life-long fight against the military dictatorship and for democracy that elected him as the first president to be drawn from an opposition party in 1997, Business Week reports.
Kim, who died on Tuesday aged 85, spoke to Reuters
Here are some highlights of that interview: "Some people say North Korea has no intention of giving up its nuclear weapons, but that is not true."
"Eventually, North Korea will come out for dialogue. Even though we may hold dialogue at the end, if the provocations are prolonged, then the compensation that we have to give North Korea will become bigger."
People mourned the death of the former President Kim Dae-jung Tuesday, with local governments and various organizations setting up memorial altars across the nation.
The government said it will set up a memorial altar at Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall, The Korea Times informs.