Former South Korea President Kim Dae Jung’s youngest son named Kim Hong-gul is one of the small numbers of South Koreans who have met the supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. Somewhere, he believes that their second meeting isn’t too far.
Kim Hong-gul had a conversation with Kim Jong Un, six years ago while attending the funeral of late dictator Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang. After becoming the head of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation — which is a non-profit organization promoted exchanged between South Korea and North Korea — he is looking for another encounter with Kim Jong Un.
Bloomberg reported, Kim Hong-gul said in December 1 interview, this could be a new reconciliation era after North Korea’s announcement of the completion of nuclear force. Kim Jong Un had declared the release of a latest intercontinental ballistic missile which is prepared by improved technology, he said that North Korea can launch the new kind of blastic missile in anywhere in the United States of America.
Kim Hong-gul who is all set to take the position in January, said, “It could be a flare signaling the start of the negotiations.” He continued, “On completion, Kim wouldn’t need to test missiles anymore, so he could suggest a conversation with the South and the U.S., possibly in his New Year speech, while refraining from further tests.”
During the interview, Kim Hong-gul recalled the time when he met the current North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un who was in his 20s at the time. He said, “Jong Un stood out because of his skin that looked as flawless as white jade.”
Kim Hong-gul said, “The first impression that struck the entire world including myself when he first appeared was that he looked too young to rule. But as it turns out, we all probably underestimated him as a leader.”
He also said that the reconciliation council is formed by his father, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kim Dae-jung, 20 years ago. He said his father created it to do work that officials of government can’t undertake.
He said, “It’s repeating.” He added, “State-to-state communications are cut off, so this is the time for the private sector to play a role to defuse tensions.”