Kim Jong Un suggests Korean summit to pursue reunification
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Kim Jong Un suggests Korean summit to pursue reunification

NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with government officials from the South on Monday, and suggested a summit with President Moon Jae In in the future to progress his “firm will to vigorously advance” inter-Korean ties and pursue reunification, the North’s official news agency said.

“Hearing the intention of President Moon Jae In for a summit from the special envoy of the south side, (Kim Jong Un) exchanged views and made a satisfactory agreement,” the North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said of the meeting.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greets Chung Eui-yong, head of the presidential National Security Office, in Pyongyang, North Korea, March 6, 2018. Source: The Presidential Blue House/Yonhap via Reuters

The 10-member delegation from Seoul is the most senior to travel North for more than a decade. They landed in Pyongyang on Monday, tasked with brokering talks between North Korea and Washington after months of high tensions between the two nuclear-armed nations.

Relations between the two Korea’s, however, have thawed in recent weeks during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, where Moon hosted a high-level North Korean delegation, including Kim Yo Jong, the sister of the supreme leader.

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A dinner is prepared for members of the special delegation of South Korea’s President in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 6, 2018. Source: KCNA/via Reuters

KCNA said Kim “warmly welcomed” the South Korean officials at their Monday meeting, before receiving a hand-delivered letter from Moon.

“He also made an exchange of in-depth views on the issues for easing the acute military tensions on the Korean Peninsula and activating the versatile dialogue, contact, cooperation and exchange,” the news agency reported.

According to a representative from the Blue House, Kim’s discussions with the South Koreans lasted more than four hours and included dinner at the North’s ruling Workers Party headquarters in Pyongyang.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greets Chung Eui-yong, head of the presidential National Security Office, in Pyongyang, North Korea, March 6, 2018. Source: The Presidential Blue House/Yonhap via Reuters

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While the possibility of a summit between the two leaders was “discussed,” Seoul said no agreement had yet been reached.

The delegation will wrap up a two-day trip to Pyongyang later on Tuesday after another meeting with North Korean officials, the spokesman said.

Additional reporting by Reuters