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Kim Jong Un holds his first known meeting with South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has met high-ranking South Korean officials, South Korean news agency Yonhap said.

SEOUL—North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hosted a high-level political delegation from the South for dinner on Monday evening in Pyongyang, his first known meeting with officials from the Souh Korean government in Seoul.

The encounter, announced by the South Korean president’s office, could signal a new phase of rapprochement as the two Koreas seek to expand a diplomatic thaw that started ahead of the Winter Olympics and saw North Koreans travel to the Games and talk with counterparts from the South.

It is believed to be the first time the North Korean leader has met South Korean officials since he took office in 2011.

The South Korean envoys are also expected to put forward the president's wishes for nuclear disarmament in the Korean peninsula, as well as encouraging peaceful dialogue between both nations in the hope of restoring diplomatic ties.

After the two-day visit to North Korea, the delegation will travel to the US to brief officials there on their discussions in Pyongyang.

The meeting comes as a delegation of South Korean officials travelled to North Korea on Monday to discuss bilateral relations between the two rival neighbours and potential dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang administrations.

The delegation's visit is the latest chapter in a remarkable detente achieved through the recently concluded Winter Olympics where North Korean athletes were accorded warm welcome.

The trip is in response to an invitation offered by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang.

Senior North Korean officials, led by Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, visited South Korea during last month's Winter Olympics.​

Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister, an increasingly prominent figure in the country's leadership, was leading the North's delegation to South Korea for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, during the Winter Olympics [Reuters]

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