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Kim Jong-Un Meets With South Korean Officials, Calls For 'New History Of National Reunification'

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| March 6 , 2018 , 11:02 IST

The Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un who is known for his cloistered ways, for the first time met with a high-ranking South Korean government delegation in Pyongyang on Monday, since coming to power in 2011.

The meet, which extended for 4 hours and was attended by Kim's wife Ri Sol Ju, sister Kim Yo Jong and South Korea's national security chief Chung Eui-Yong is said to be the first time that a South Korean delegation has entered the main building of Korean Workers' Party in Pyongyang.

Kim Jong-Un, speaking to the South Korean delegation said he wants to "write a new history of national reunification," hinting a change in relations.

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According to North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the encounter was an "openhearted talk" over issues aimed at "improving the North-South relations and ensuring peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula."

The visiting delegation also delivered a personal letter from South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Kim Jong-Un, KCNA reported.

North Korea and South Korea relations have been strained as South Korea has sided with the US against North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, often conducting military practices with the US as well.

The participation of North Korea in the Winter Olympics held in South Korea last month indicated a significant improvement of ties, especially since the North Korean delegation was accompanied by Kim Jong's own sister Kim Yo Jong.