North Korea delegation of top officials call for talks in South Korea visit


INCHEON, South Korea, Oct. 4 (UPI) —

North Korean officials made an unexpected visit to South Korea on Saturday, offering to hold high-level talks with Seoul officials beginning in late October or early November.

The three officials from Pyongyang attended the closing ceremonies of the Asian Games in Incheon.

They met with South Korea’s National Security Chief Kim Kwan-jin and Prime Minister Chung Hong-won to discuss the possibility of a round of talks. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who hasn’t been spotted publicly for about a month, was not in attendance.

Two of the North Korean officials who visited Incheon on Saturday are seen as Kim’s No. 2 and No. 3 aides.

Hwang Pyong-so, considered the second-most powerful man in North Korea, met with South Korea’s Reunification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae. Also part of the North’s delegation were Choe Ryong-hae and Kim Yang-gon, members of the Workers’ Party.

The South agreed to the talks, which are expected to take place by early November.


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