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President Moon holds historic meeting with NK delegation at Blue House

President Moon holds historic meeting with NK delegation at Blue House

South Korea President Moon held the meeting of the century at Blue House: Kim Yo-jong is the first of the North’s Kim dynasty to visit the South, Korean Herald reports.

The North‘s delegation arrived in South Korea on Kim Jong-un’s private plane Friday via Incheon International Airport. North Korea delegation also includes Kim Yo-jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister, who has rapidly expanding influence within the North’s power structure.

The inclusion powerful sister in the North’s high-level delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics fed speculations that she may bring a personal message for Moon from her brother. Some local media have gone as far as to describe the meeting as “effectively being an inter-Korean summit.”

At the historical meeting of delegations, from North and South, a luncheon hosted by the president, the two sides discussed a range of issues concerning the two Koreas.

In the meeting, Moon was flanked by a number of top aides, including Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok, National Security Council chief Chung Eui-yong, National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon, and Minister of Unification Cho Myoung-gyon.

Since the Korean War ended in a truce in 1953, the two sides have grown culturally and linguistically apart, deepening the political gulf that had initially separated the poor, one-party state in the north from the rich, democratic south.