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Widow of late S. Korean President Kim Dae-jung dies

IANS  |  Seoul 

The widow of former South Korean has died at the age of 96, the media reported on Tuesday.

Lee Hee-ho, who had been battling liver cancer, died at 11.37 p.m. (local time) in on Monday. She is considered one of the pioneers of women's rights in South

Lee, who was born in 1922, had served as of the Kim Dae Jung Peace Centre, which was founded by the former to promote inter-Korean reconciliation and fight global poverty, news reported.

Lee accompanied her husband Kim -- who served as for five years from 1998 -- to in 2000 for the first inter-Korean summit with then top of North Kim Jong Il, father of the current

After the former South Korean President's death in 2009, Lee attended a funeral of , where she met

Lee again visited North in August 2015 at the invitation of Kim Jong-un, touring children's hospitals and daycare centres in

South Korean President Moon Jae-in posted a message from Finland, saying he regrets that he could not take Lee to when he visited there in 2018. He said he believes Lee will support him from heaven to achieve peace.

Inter-Korean relations are at a standstill after the second summit between the North and the US ended without agreement in February.



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First Published: Tue, June 11 2019. 13:52 IST