Kim Yong Chol (C), head of North Korean high-level delegation to attend the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games closing ceremony, arrives at the inter-Korea transit office in Paju on February 25, 2018. (Photo: AFP)
South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Sunday with the high-ranking delegation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which came earlier in the day to attend the closing ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics.
Moon had a separate meeting with the DPRK delegation for about an hour in the eastern county of PyeongChang, where the closing ceremony is set to begin at 8 p.m. local time (1100 GMT), according to local media reports citing the presidential Blue House. It was not immediately known what was said during the closed-door meeting.
The DPRK delegation, led by Kim Yong Chol, a vice chairman of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, crossed the heavily guarded inter-Korean border via land route and moved by sedans to a hotel in Seoul at around noon.
The delegation headed toward PyeongChang some three hours later by bullet train. Also included in the delegation are Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, and six other support staff.
The senior DPRK officials are scheduled to stay in South Korea for three days, during which they are forecast to meet with senior government officials of South Korea as well as President Moon.
Moon met and lunched earlier this month with the ranking DPRK delegation including Kim Yo Jong, younger sister to top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, who had made a three-day visit here for the Olympic opening ceremony.
During the meeting in the Blue House, the younger Kim delivered the DPRK leader's invitation to Moon to visit the DPRK at a convenient time.
In response, Moon said the two sides should create conditions to make it happen, asking the DPRK side to more actively engage in a dialogue with the United States.