South Korea's unification minister hosts dinner meeting for visiting North Korean delegation

South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon (left) guides Ms Kim Yo Jong and North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam before a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae In at the Blue House in Seoul, on Feb 10, 2018.
South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon (left) guides Ms Kim Yo Jong and North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam before a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae In at the Blue House in Seoul, on Feb 10, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL - South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon hosted a dinner meeting for North Korea's high-ranking delegation on Saturday (Feb 10), Xinhua news agency reported, citing Seoul's unification ministry.

The banquet was held in Gangneung, a city near Pyeongchang, which is the venue for this year's Winter Olympics.

The North Korean delegation came to South Korea Friday (Feb 9) and met South Korean President Moon Jae In at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Saturday morning.

Among the attendees of the banquet were Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of leader Kim Jong Un. She serves as the first vice director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly who is leading the delegation, joined the dinner together with Choe Hwi, chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, Xinhua said.

From the South Korean side, the unification minister and Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae Sung participated in the banquet along with Lee Hee Beom, the president of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games organising committee, and Choi Moon Soon, governor of the Gangwon province where the host city is located.

The delegation is scheduled to return to the DPRK on Sunday.