Mourners Overseas Pay Respects to Late Kim

Write : 2015-11-24 09:13:40 Update : 2015-11-24 15:59:36

Mourners Overseas Pay Respects to Late Kim

Anchor: More than 40-thousand people visited memorial altars set across South Korea for former President Kim Young-sam as of Monday night. Mourners, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and others who represent the U.S. government, are also remembering the president at altars set up around the world.
Our Kim In-kyung has more.
Report: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited an altar as soon as he returned to New York after attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
Ban said the 14th president of Korea strived for democracy and globalization his whole life despite sufferings.
[Sound bite: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Korean)]
"[The late president] took decisive reform measures. The achievements will remain in the history of Korea."
Ban added that lessons learned from the president while he served as Kim's senior presidential secretary for foreign affairs and national security became a source of inspiration during his public career.
At the South Korean Embassy in Washington, U.S. government officials, including Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim, as well as South Korean Ambassador Ahn Ho-young paid their respects.
[Sound bite: U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim (English)]
"... have long respected his fight for democracy. I really do think he was one of the central figures in Korea's miraculous transformation to democracy."
Diplomats from the United States, Japan, Vietnam, Kenya, Belarus and Fiji also visited the South Korean mission to the UN to pay their respects. Leaders of Korean-American associations mourned at altars established at the South Korean Embassy and consulates around the United States.
Kim In-kyung, KBS World Radio News. 

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