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SEOUL (Kyodo) South Korea on Sunday declassified documents detailing the abduction of Kim Dae Jung, a politician who later became president, from a Tokyo hotel in 1973 that show how both countries managed to “politically” resolve the conflict over the kidnapping.

Kim, who lost to President Park Chung Hee by a slim margin in the election of 1971 and went into self-imposed exile overseas, was abducted from the Hotel Grand Palace on Aug. 8, 1973, taken to Seoul by boat, and released on the streets of the city five days later.

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