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) NNNN Source: Voice of America .
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