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.