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Moon holds rare meeting with N. Korea's titular head of state, leader's sister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a meeting Saturday with a group of high-profile North Korean officials including the country's ceremonial head of state and a younger sister of true North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The rare and historic meeting began shortly after 11:00 a.m. at Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae. It was set to be followed by a lunch hosted by Moon.

The North Korean officials arrived here Friday as part of a 22-member delegation, led by the North Korean ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam, who is the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.

Saturday's meeting also involved three other high-level delegates, including the North Korean leader's sister, Yo-jong. The others were Choe Hwi, the chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son-gwon, the head of the North's state agency in charge of inter-Korean affairs.

Yo-jong's South Korea trip was especially surprising, as she is the only member of the communist state's ruling family to have visited the South, at least since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (C) shakes hands with Kim Yo-jong, younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, before the start of a rare meeting with high-level North Korean officials, including Kim Yong-nam (R), the North's ceremonial head of state, at his office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Feb. 10, 2018. (Yonhap)

The two Koreas technically remain at war, as the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

The North Korean delegation is set to return home Sunday. (Yonhap)

Lee Sam-sun  edt@koreapost.com

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