Pundits are curious whether North Korea will send a condolence delegation to the funeral of Unification Church founder Moon Sun-myung, who had a special relationship with regime founder Kim Il-sung.
"Moon had maintained relations with the Kim family for more than 20 years since discussing development of Mt. Kumgang with Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang in 1991," a government official in Seoul said on Monday. "There's a chance that leader Kim Jong-un will send a condolence delegation."
In 1991, Kim il-sung is said to have told Moon, who was eight years younger, to call him "brother." Moon sent Park Bo-hee, then president of the Segye Ilbo daily, to the North when Kim died in 1994, and his son and chairman of he Unification Church Moon Hyung-jin when Kim Jong-il died in December last year.
Given the current chill in inter-Korean relations, it would be difficult for a North Korean delegation to come South.