Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of the Government of the United States, I want to convey my condolences to former First Lady Lee Hee-ho’s family and the people of the Republic of Korea on her passing. Ms. Lee dedicated her life to peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula, and facilitated dialogue between North and South Korea.

"She led multiple visits to Pyongyang to promote better relations between the two countries, and her efforts for peace will never be forgotten. In this time of loss, please accept our deepest sympathy and assurance that the United States will always remember Ms. Lee’s dedication and service."