South Korean president Kim Dae-jung is returning to Seoul on Thursday after pulling off an historic visit to Pyongyang to meet the reclusive leader Kim Jong-il.
The trip has been a public relations coup all round.
Many believe this is the crowning moment in the career of veteran leader Kim Dae-jung. It is, by his own admission, a meeting he had yearned for all his political life.
The South Korean President sees this as a sign that his Sunshine Policy - of friendly relations with North Korea - has born fruit. Even opposition politicians have found difficulty in criticising the visit in view of its evident success with South Korean voters.
"He (Kim Dae-jung) has done a great job for this country and for world peace so far. Accepting the delay was also a good decision he made."
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"Unlike the authoritarian regimes we had in the past, Kim Dae-jung is a president in a democratic regime. Because of that, he is more effective in co-operating with Kim Jong-il.
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"At this time, president Kim Dae-jung's economic and political philosophies are well known in Korea and other places. That is why he could be elected as a president when we were going through economic hardships. This summit is the result of his philosophy which is the Sunshine Policy."
"Initially, North Korea perceived the Sunshine Policy as a kind of containment strategy, a circumventing strategy to strangulate North Korean leadership. But it turned out to be that it's very very genuine and authentic and particularly when president Kim Dae-jung made statement in his interview with Fuji TV last February, Kim Dae-jung made it very clear that he perceived Kim Jong-il as a very competent and rational leadership. And I think that had really changed the North Korean perception of Kim Dae-jung's Sunshine Policy."
SUPERCAPTION: Moon Jung-In, Political Analyst
"By announcing the agreement on holding the summit just three days before the general election of April 13, President Kim (Dae-jung) showed that he had an ulterior motive, he should have had discussions with other politicians in the legislature before he prepared to reach an agreement on the summit. He had not gone through the proper procedures that a fair politician does."
SUPERCAPTION: Lim Dong-won, Special adviser to President Kim Dae-jung