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(LEAD) Hyundai chief receives personal letter from N. Korean leader

2013/08/03 21:24

(ATTN: UPDATES in paras 4-5 with government declining comment; CLARIFIES that it was first time in 4 years that Hyun has attended memorial service at mountain resort, ADDS to dateline, photo)

GOSEONG/SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Group Chairwoman Hyun Jeong-eun said Saturday that she received a personal letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a one-day visit to the communist nation to hold a memorial service for her late husband.

In the letter, Kim said he prays for the soul of the late Hyundai Chairman Chung Mong-hun and wished the South Korean business group all the best, Hyun told reporters after returning from the Mount Kumgang resort just north of the inter-Korean border.