Minister of Unification Cho Myoung-gyon (Photo: Yonhap/VNA)
A delegation of 160 people led by Minister of Unification Cho Myoung-gyon and chief of the ruling Democratic Party Lee Hae-chan arrived in Pyongyang at 9:58 a.m. via the western air route for a three-day trip to Pyongyang.
During the visit, the RoK delegation will participate in a number of activities to mark the 11th anniversary of the inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang between the RoK President Roh Moo-hyun and DPRK leader Kim Jong-il, the father of the current DPRK leader Kim Jong-un.
Besides, they will also tour major facilities and attend a mass gymnastics performance.
On the sidelines, Minister Cho, is expected to meet with his DPRK counterpart, Ri Son-gwon, to discuss follow-up measures to the agreement their leaders reached in their 3rd summit, in September in Pyongyang.
The visit comes as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepares to make his fourth visit to Pyongyang on October 7th with the aim of setting up a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.
On September 10th, the White House said President Donald Trump had received a request from leader Kim Jong-un for a second meeting, and that the administration had begun the process of coordinating such an event.
The 1st US - DPRK summit took place at the Capella Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island on June 12th.
At the event, leader Kim Jong-un committed to work toward "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula in exchange for security guarantees from the US.
The 2007 Inter-Korean summit meeting was held between October 2nd and October 4th, 2007, in Pyongyang. It was the second Inter-Korean summit following the 2000 inter-Korean summit. It is also called the 10.4 Inter-Korean summit. As a result of the talks, both sides announced a declaration for the development of inter-Korean relations, and peace and prosperity./.