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North Korea Leader Meets South Korean Envoys

North Korea's leader has spoken with envoys from South Korea. North Korea's leader has spoken with envoys from South Korea. |  Photo: ABC News

Created: March 05, 2018 05:13 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has held an "open-hearted talk" with envoys for South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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It marks the first time South Korean officials have met with the North Korean leader in person since he took power after his dictator father's death in late 2011.

North Korea's state media said in a dispatch Tuesday that Kim expressed his desire to "write a new history of national reunification" during a dinner Monday.

Given past bloodshed, North Korean weapons tests and threats of war, there's considerable skepticism over what might come of the Koreas' warming ties. But there's also hope they might be able to ease a standoff over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and restart talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

The North Korean dispatch sought to make Kim look statesmanlike as he welcomed the visiting South Koreans.

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