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ROK Unification Minister meets DPRK counterpart

REPUBLIC of Korea (ROK)'s unification minister Hyun In-taek met with his counterpart from Pyongyang today in the first high-level cross-border contact in nearly two years.

Hyun held talks with Kim Yang-gon, head of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s Workers' Party unification front department and a key figure in inter-Korean relations.

Kim and his five other DPRK officials were in Seoul for paying respects to late former ROK President Kim Dae-jung yesterday.

"Now that we meet here, I'm going to raise inter-Korean issues," Hyun said while he arrived at a hotel where the DPRK team is staying.

Asked by a reporter what message he would send in the closed-door meeting, Hyun said, "I'm the minister in charge of inter-Korean relations, and I think this meeting itself is a message."

The meeting was the first high-level inter-Korean dialogue since the inauguration of ROK's Lee Myung-bak administration in February last year.


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