Sunday, August 4, 2013

Kim Jong-un of North Korea Sends Message to Hyundai Chairwoman of South Korea

 


Hyundai Group chairwoman Hyun Jeong-eun received a verbal message from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a memorial at Mt. Kumgang last Saturday on the 10th anniversary of the death of her husband, former Hyundai chief Chung Mong-hun.

A North Korean official told her Kim was praying for the repose of her husband and wished Hyun and her family and Hyundai Group all the best, Hyun told reporters at the border after her return.


Hyundai Group chairwoman Hyun Jeong-eun speaks to reporters on return from North Korea on Saturday after a memorial for her late husband, former Hyundai chief Chung Mong-hun. Hyundai Group chairwoman Hyun Jeong-eun speaks to reporters on return from North Korea on Saturday after a memorial for her late husband, former Hyundai chief Chung Mong-hun.


The message was delivered by Won Tong-yon, vice chairman of the North's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, during the memorial service, she said.

He described it as a "verbal letter," according to a Hyundai staffer.

Hyun said she remains determined to resume package tours to the scenic mountain resort, which stopped after a South Korean tourist who had strayed off-limits was shot dead by a North Korean soldier in 2008. "Hyundai will never give up on the Mt. Kumgang tour project," she said.

The North also wants the lucrative tours to resume, but South Korea is demanding an apology and promises to prevent similar incidents.

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