Kim Jong-un receives the emissaries of South Korea in Pyongyang for the first time.
North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un received the high-level South Korean delegation on Monday to Pyongyang with the plan to urge the regime to return to the path of dialogue on its nuclear program, according to the presidential office. of Seoul.
It is the first time that Kim, who inherited the office of his father when he died in 2011, meets with representatives from the South. In addition, it is the first visit in more than 10 years of a South Korean delegation of high level to the North.
Kim presided over a dinner with the group in the North Korean capital, said the statement from the presidential office.
The delegation is led by Chung Eui-yong, head of the South Korean presidential office of National Security, and includes four other delegates (including the director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), Suh Hoon) and five support staff.
The group arrived at the Sunan international airport, north of Pyongyang, at around 14:20 North Korean local time (05.20 GMT), where it was received by Ri Son-gwon, director of the regime agency that is responsible for expediting inter-Korean affairs .
Seoul has ensured that the mission will seek to broaden the inter-Korean rapprochement achieved in the framework of the recent Winter Olympic Games and that it will deal with the beginning of a possible dialogue between Washington and the isolated Asian country with the ultimate goal of achieving the denuclearization of the peninsula.
The five senior representatives, who are assisted by five other officials, arrived in Pyongyang on Monday afternoon and will return to Seoul on Tuesday.
Then the delegation will travel to the United States on Wednesday to explain the results of the talks to officials in Washington, according to the South Korean presidency.