December 08, 2021

Roh Tae-woo, ROK president who helped shape inter-Korean relations, dies at 88

Leaving a mixed legacy, Roh normalized ties with DPRK’s traditional allies but ended his career in severe controversy

Roh Tae-woo, the former South Korean president who helped engineer landmark agreements between the two Koreas and normalized relations with other communist bloc nations at the end of the Cold War, died Tuesday at the age of 88.

The Agreement on Reconciliation, Non-Aggression, Exchange and Cooperation — which Seoul and Pyongyang signed in 1991 during Roh’s presidency — built a framework for future inter-Korean agreements. That year also saw both Koreas join the United Nations.