SEOUL – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister expressed a wish for closer inter-Korean relations in her writing in the visitor’s book at South Korea’s presidential office prior to her meeting with President Moon Jae In there on Saturday (Feb 10), Yonhap news agency reported.

Ms Kim Yo jong visited the Blue House, or Cheong Wa Dae, in Seoul in her capacity as a special envoy of North Korea’s leader, along with the North’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.

“I expect Pyongyang and Seoul to get closer in the hearts of our (Korean) people and the future of unification and prosperity will be advanced,” Ms Kim Yo Jong wrote in her Korean-language entry to the guest book.

Mr Kim Yong Nam also wrote in his own handwriting that it is the Korean people’s wish to be united and make concerted effort for unification, Yonhap reported.

The top delegates from Pyongyang delivered their leader’s letter to President Moon before having lunch together.

Mr Moon took a commemorative photo with the North Korean guests prior to their talks.

Notably, a painting and calligraphic work by South Korean artist Shin Young Bok was used as a background of the photo.

South Korea’s President Moon Jae In (centre) poses with Ms Kim Yo Jong (left) and North Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam before their meeting at the Blue House, on Feb 10, 2018. PHOTO: AFP/YONHAP

The art work features a Chinese character meaning “mutual understanding” and a Korean Peninsula map, along with a lengthy writing by Shin to the effect that efforts to find out and create new roads amid an impasse are essential to overcoming division and achieving unification, according to Yonhap news agency.

“Before posing together for the photo, President Moon explained the meaning of the art work to Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam,” said a presidential aide.

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