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Moon holds near 3-hour meeting with N. Korean delegates

2018/02/10 14:08

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SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a near three-hour meeting Saturday with high-level North Korean officials, including North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister, who was widely believed to carrying a letter for Moon from the North Korean leader.

The rare meeting began shortly after 11 a.m. and ended at 1:46 p.m., an official from the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

The meeting, which also included a lunch hosted by Moon, involved four North Korean officials who arrived here Friday to attend the opening of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

The North Korean delegation is headed by the North's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam.

Saturday's meeting also involved Kim Yo-jong, the North Korean leader's only sister, Choe Hwi, the chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son-gwon, the head of the North's state agency in charge of inter-Korean affairs.

Kim Yo-jong held a blue document folder when she arrived at Cheong Wa Dae for her meeting with Moon, prompting speculation that she may have been carrying a letter from the North Korean leader. She is the only member of the North's ruling family to have visited the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

South and North Korea technically remain at war, since the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

The North Korean delegates are set to return home Sunday.

bdk@yna.co.kr

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