Rev. Moon lauded for efforts to reunify Koreas

It’s just one floral tribute among hundreds here, but the stand of white paper chrysanthemums draped by a ribbon of Korean characters bears some unique political and diplomatic weight. The wreath expresses the condolences of new young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the death of Unification Church founder and spiritual guide the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who devoted much of his life and ministry to seeking an end to the long standoff that has divided the Korean Peninsula for more than 60 years.

Sang Kwon Park, president of Park Motor Co. and the man in charge of the Moon family's businesses in North Korea, talks with The Washington Times Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 at the Cheong Shim World Peace Center about the future and outreach towards North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un sent flowers following the death of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Sang Kwon Park, president of Park Motor Co. and the man in charge of the Moon family's businesses in North Korea, talks with The Washington Times Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 at the Cheong Shim World Peace Center about the future and outreach towards North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un sent flowers following the death of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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