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DJ plans U.S. lecture tour for April

Mar 24,2008
Former President Kim Dae-jung will visit the United States for 10 days in mid-April to give lectures on ways to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions and secure peace on the Korean Peninsula, an aide to Kim said yesterday.
The April 15 to 25 visit is the second trip to the U.S. in seven months for Kim, who made a similar lecture tour in September last year. Kim will deliver the lectures at Harvard University, the University of Portland and several other universities on the North’s nuclear weapons programs and the importance of the U.S. role in securing peace on the Korean Peninsula, the aide said. The city of Portland, Oregon designated April 18 as Kim Dae-jung Day to commemorate the coming visit by the former president, the architect of the Sunshine Policy of engaging North Korea, and is to adopt a declaration to enhance cooperation between the peoples of the two countries.
While in the U.S., Kim will also meet with former U.S. ambassador to South Korea Stephen Bosworth, who currently is the head of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and other Korea experts in the United States.
Kim’s engagement policy was closely followed by his successor Roh Moo-hyun, but incumbent President Lee Myung-bak, who took office in late February, has vowed not to kowtow to North Korea and plans to limit inter-Korean cooperation unless the North abandons its nuclear weapons.
Yonhap


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