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DATE=9/11/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=KOREA'S / POLITICS (L-ONLY)
NUMBER=2-266333
BYLINE=HYUN SUNG KHANG
DATELINE=SEOUL
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:
INTRO: An envoy sent by the leader of North Korea 
has arrived in South Korea for four days of 
talks.  Kim Yong-Sun is likely to discuss a 
planned visit to Seoul by the North's leader, Kim 
Jung-Il.  From the South Korean capital, Hyun-
Sung Khang reports.
TEXT: Kim Yong-Sun was warmly greeted by South 
Korean Unification Vice Minister Yang Young-Shik. 
Amid the fanfare, the North Korean envoy and six 
other delegates will meet with South Korean 
officials to talk about reunification of the 
Korean Peninsula.
Kim Yong-Sun's visit holds special importance. A 
close confidant of the North Korean leader, Mr. 
Kim is the chairman of the Asia-Pacific Peace 
Committee, which deals with inter-Korean 
relations.  He was the only North Korean official 
to sit in on the unprecedented summit between the 
Korean leaders, back in June.
During his stay, he is likely to discuss the 
planned visit to Seoul by North Korea's Kim Jong-
Il.  The once-reclusive leader has promised to 
visit the South at an appropriate time.  
Local media say the envoy will also discuss food 
aid and proposed top-level military talks between 
the two countries.
South Korean officials have not released details 
of envoy Kim's itinerary, but he is expected to 
meet the South Korean president on the last day 
of his trip.  
His visit comes during a major national holiday 
in South Korea. Officials say he will visit the 
holiday island, Cheju-do, off the Southern tip of 
the Korean Peninsula, as well as Kyongju historic 
area.
The North Korean delegation also includes Pak 
Jae-gyong, vice-director of the General Political 
Department of the North Korean People's Army.  He 
is described as a close military advisor to the 
North Korean leader, who regularly accompanies 
him on visits to military sites. (signed)
NEB/HK/HSK/GC/WD 
11-Sep-2000 04:28 AM LOC (11-Sep-2000 0828 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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