Lim Dong-won

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Korean name
Revised Romanization Im Dong-won
McCune–Reischauer Im Tongwŏn

Lim Dong-won (born 1934) is a retired South Korean politician who was a top aide during the administration of Kim Dae-jung and a key architect of the Sunshine Policy, holding the post of Unification Minister until losing a no-confidence vote on September 3, 2001; he stepped down after being impeached on December 23, 2001.[1] His involvement in secret payments to North Korea to facilitate the 2000 summit meeting resulted in an 18-month suspended jail sentence in 2003. In 2004 he was named the head of the Sejong Institute.[2] In his retirement he has been critical of United States policy on North Korea.[3] He has also been indicted in connection with an extensive wiretapping scandal uncovered in 2005.[4]

Before joining Kim Dae-jung's administration he had served as head of Kim's Asia-Pacific Peace Foundation; deputy chief of the unification board under Roh Tae-woo; and ambassador to Nigeria and Australia in the 1980s.


  1. ^ "ASIA-PACIFIC | Analysis: South Korea's options". BBC News. 2001-09-04. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Lim Dong-won to Head Sejong Institute". The Korea Times. 2004-11-21. Archived from the original on March 11, 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Ex-Unification Minister Slams US Policy Toward North Korea". The Korea Times. 2004-01-28. Archived from the original on September 12, 2005. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  4. ^ "Wiretapping scandal in South Korea - Pravda.Ru". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 

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Preceded by
Chun Yong-taek
Director of the National Intelligence Service
December 24, 1999–March 26, 2001
Succeeded by
Shin Kuhn
Preceded by
Kang In-duk
Unification Minister of South Korea
March 27, 2001–January 2002
Succeeded by
Hong Soon-young