S. Korea seeks to arrange high-level talks with with N. Korean delegates: ministry

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will strive to arrange high-level inter-Korean talks during a North Korean government delegation's visit later this week to attend the Olympic opening ceremony, the Unification Ministry said Monday.

On Sunday night, North Korea announced that Kim Yong-nam, the North's ceremonial head of state, will visit the South from Friday to Sunday as head of a high-level delegation to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which kicks off Friday.

Kim heads the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.

"The government plans to make preparations in a way that talks between high-level government officials from the South and the North could take place in line with the North Korean delegation's attendance at the Olympic opening ceremony and other sports events during their stay here," Baik Tae-hyun, a ministry spokesman, told a press briefing.

"The government hopes that the upcoming visit by the high-level North Korean delegation will become a milestone in hosting an Olympics of peace, restoring inter-Korean relations and building peace on the Korean Peninsula," Baik noted.

The spokesman added the government will provide the necessary convenience and safety during their stay here.

The specifics of the planned trip, including the itinerary, will be further discussed through exchanges of documents, he also said.

The South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae has said President Moon Jae-in is considering a one-on-one meeting with Kim.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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