A high-ranking delegation led by Kim Yong Chol(C), vice chairman of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, arrives at the inter-Korean transit office in Paju, South Korea, on Feb. 25, 2018. The high-ranking delegation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) arrived in South Korea Sunday to attend the closing ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics. (Xinhua/Newsis)
The high-ranking delegation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) met Monday with the top national security advisor for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, according to local broadcaster YTN and Yonhap news agency.
Chung Eui-yong, head of the National Security Office of the Blue House, lunched at a hotel here with Kim Yong Chol, a vice chairman of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea from the DPRK side.
Kim came here Sunday leading the DPRK delegation to attend the closing ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics.
Also attending the closed-door meeting was Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland of the DPRK.
From the South Korean side, Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung and Lee Do-hoon, special representative for the Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs at the foreign ministry, participated in the lunch meeting.
Lee represents South Korea at the long-stalled six-party talks to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, which involved South Korea, the DPRK, China, the United States, Russia and Japan. The six-way dialogue has been halted since late 2008.
The lunch meeting was a follow-up step to the closed-door meeting Sunday in PyeongChang, east of Seoul, between President Moon and the high-ranking DPRK delegation.
The DPRK delegation told Moon that Pyongyang had enough willingness to hold talks with Washington.
Moon has held to a position that dialogue between the DPRK and the United States should be held to fundamentally resolve the Korean Peninsula issues.