South Korean president's special envoys return home after two days in North Korea

문 대통령 대북특사단, 북한에서 1박2일 일정 마치고 귀환

President Moon Jae-in's special envoys to North Korea returned just moments ago.
The two-day trip is historic as it was the first visit by Seoul's envoys to Pyongyang in over a decade.
Our chief Choengwadae correspondent Moon Connyoung has the latest. A special chartered flight carrying South Korean President Moon Jae-in's special envoys to North Korea landed at Seoul Air Base just moments ago this Tuesday evening... after wrapping up a historic two-day visit to the North... where they became the first South Korean officials to come face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Blue House briefed reporters on that encounter.

"The delegation of five officials led by Chung Eui-yong met with Kim Jong-un, chairman of the North Korean State Affairs Commission on March 5th and had a dinner banquet together afterwards. The meeting and dinner banquet lasted 4 hours and 12 minutes beginning at 6 PM, Seoul time."

The Blue House focused on the venue of the dinner banquet - the headquarters of North Korea's powerful ruling Workers' Party - detailing it marked the first time for any South Korean to be invited to the building.

North Korea's state media was unusually quick to report on the meeting... saying its leader had an
"openhearted talk" with South Korea's special envoys... having reached a "satisfactory agreement" on holding an inter-Korean summit meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Seoul's Blue House also acknowledged that an agreement was reached between the two sides... adding the outcome of the meeting, which the special delegation is set to unveil after briefing the president later this evening "were not disappointing."

In a dispatch, North Korea's KCNA said Kim Jong-un expressed his desire to "write a new history of national reunification" during the welcome dinner... which was also attended by the North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo-jong, who traveled to the South last month carrying her brother's summit invitation to President Moon... and Kim's wife, Ri Sol-ju.

Despite considerable skepticism over the two Koreas' apparent warming ties, each new
development also raises the possibility that they can use the momentum from the good feelings created during North Korea's participation in the South's PyeongChang Winter Olympics last month to ease a standoff over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and restart talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

After briefing President Moon on the outcome of their mission to the North, the special envoys will fly to Washington later this week to discuss their findings with the Trump administration.
Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, the Blue House.

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