Sister of N. Korean leader pays respects Panmunjom meeting

The sister of North Korean chief Kim Jong Un on Wednesday delivered a condolence concept for previous South Korean very first lady Lee He-ho, the initial large-degree call in between the two international locations in months.

Kim Yo Jong, who retains a effective placement in the reclusive state, shipped the concept, and flowers, on her brother’s behalf at a assembly with South Korean officers at Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone.

The meeting lasted about 15 minutes, said Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s top nationwide protection advisor.

“Kim commented we must keep on co-operation in honour of Lee’s attempts for inter-Korean harmony,” he mentioned, in accordance to broadcaster YTN.

Lee, a lifelong companion of late president Kim Dae-jung, died on Monday aged 96.

Kim was acknowledged for his “sunshine plan” of engagement with North Korea, and Pyongyang also despatched a delegation to Seoul to pay out respects when he died in 2009.

Wednesday’s conference was the first by senior officers considering that the breakdown of a second summit among North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Vietnam in February.

Pyongyang has termed on Seoul to carry out joint economic initiatives agreed past 12 months at inter-Korean summits, but sanctions imposed on the North over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes have blocked progress.

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