Peace at Last for Two Koreas?

South Koreans will also be able to use a direct flight between Seoul and Mount Paektu, Korea's tallest peak at the North Korea-China border. South Korean tourists have been forced to detour through China to visit the popular peak which Korean myth maintains is where the Korean race was born.

All joint projects between the North and South have been paid for by Seoul in the past, often including cash payments to license the rights.

The reclusive leader Kim also took advantage of the public appearance to sweep aside recent rumors over his ailing health.

"They report as if I have diabetes and even heart disease, but that's not true at all," said Kim at the farewell luncheon for Roh in Pyongyang. "They seem like fictional writers, not reporters." As the audience burst into laughter at this, Kim replied, "But since (South Korean) reporters report big about me, I don't feel that bad."

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