Moon's son meets aunt in N Korea

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 September, 2012, 4:06am


The youngest son and successor to Sun Myung Moon had a tearful reunion with his North Korean aunt as they mourned the death of the Unification Church founder in Pyongyang, a church official said.

Hyung Jin Moon met his late father's sister Hyo Sun Moon in the North Korean capital on Friday when the elderly woman visited an altar set up by authorities for Moon, church official Park Sang-kwon told journalists.

Hyung Jin and Park returned to the South yesterday.

She "showed deep sorrow, shedding tears", Park said.

About a hundred of Moon's relatives live in the North, said Park, who is also president of a car-making joint venture the church established in North Korea in 1999.

Moon was born in 1920 in Jongju city in the North's northwestern province of North Hwanghae, where the church has restored Moon's old home.

The mourners brought with them a wreath sent by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the bereaved family, who also sent his "deep condolences", according to the North's state media.