PYONGYANG, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- State media of the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) reported a meeting between the
country's condolence delegation and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on
"The special envoy group which visited Seoul to mourn
the death of ex-President Kim Dae Jung upon the authorization of Kim Jong-Il,
chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People's Republic
of Korea, met President of South Korea Lee Myung Bak on Sunday," the official
KCNA news agency said in its report.
"Present there from the DPRK side were Kim Ki Nam,
secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, and Kim Yang
Gon, department director of the WPK Central Committee, and from the south side
Hyon In Thaek, minister of Unification, and others," it said.
"Issues of developing the relations between the north
and the south were discussed there," it added.
The inter-Korean relations have turned sour since
President Lee Myung-bak took office about 18 months ago and he vowed to take a
tougher line against the DPRK.
The high-level DPRK delegation, approved by top
leader Kim Jong-Il, started its mourning visit on Friday and left Seoul on
Sunday. During their stay in Seoul, they conveyed a message of condolence sent
by Kim Jong-Il to the family of the late President Kim Dae-jung, and met with
senior South Korean officials.
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