SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ South Korea's outgoing president agreed to Kim Dae-jung's request to pardon two former military leaders, including one who tried to kill the president-elect 17 years ago.

President Kim Young-sam approved the amnesty during a luncheon meeting with Kim Dae-jung, during which the president-elect recommended pardon, according to a presidential aide. The meeting was their first since Kim Dae-jung was elected president Thursday.

The move was seen as a gesture aimed at assuaging fears of political revenge and rallying support across political lines for the nation's new leader, who takes power with the tough task of nurturing the country's collapsed economy back to health.

The two military strongmen _ Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo _ will be released from prison Monday and their civil and political rights will be restored, according to the presidential Blue House.

``This is (the) time that the country should mobilize all its resources through reconciliation and overcome the present economic crisis,'' President Kim Young-sam was quoted as saying by his chief spokesman.