TITLE=KOREA'S / POLITICS (L-ONLY)
BYLINE=HYUN SUNG KHANG
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
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
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)
11-Sep-2000 04:28 AM LOC (11-Sep-2000 0828 UTC)
Source: Voice of America
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