Statement by the President: Congratulations to Nobel Peace Prize Winner President Kim Dae Jung (10/13/00)

                         Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                          October 13, 2000

                           STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I congratulate President Kim Dae Jung on his selection as the winner of
this year's Nobel Peace Prize.  I can think of few leaders who have done so much
over so many years to earn this honor.  It is a fitting tribute to his courage
in promoting peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula, and to his
lifelong dedication to the principle that peace depends on respect for human

     This Prize not only celebrates what President Kim has accomplished, it
inspires those of us who cherish peace and freedom to help him realize his
vision.  Since his historic summit with Chairman Kim Jong Il, prospects for a
better future on the Korean Peninsula have risen greatly.  The American people
will stand with the people of Korea until the sunshine of peace and freedom
illuminates the entire Korean Peninsula.


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