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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 13, 2000


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 rights.

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.