Image of Asia: Ex-leader's memoir published in South Korea

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Posted: Feb 02, 2015 8:34 AM
Image of Asia: Ex-leader's memoir published in South Korea

In this photo by Ahn Young-joon, a man reads a memoir by former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak titled "President's Time" at a bookstore in Seoul. Lee wrote in the memoir published Monday that late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with South Korea before his 2011 death but the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded $10 billion and large shipments of food and fertilizer as a condition of the talks. Lee is vilified in North Korea for halting the South's "sunshine policy" of providing generous economic aid to Pyongyang with few strings attached. He writes in his memoir that the "sunshine policy" was tarnished because North Korea diverted aid to nuclear and missile development and staged provocations against South Korea.