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South Korea mourns "Sunshine" president

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The former South Korean President and Nobel Peace laureate Kim Dae-jung has died at the age of 85.

Kim was revered at home for his struggle to establish democracy. He was also lauded on the international stage for his efforts to end hostilities with North Korea. His so-called “Sunshine Policy” towards the North culminated in an historic handshake in 2000 with the leader of the communist state, Kim Jong-il. It was in recognition of this rapprochement that he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in the same year. However, in his final years he saw much of his efforts unravel as tensions between the two countries rose over North Korea’s nuclear programme. Kim died in hospital after suffering a bout of pneumonia.