Senior N.Korean Apparatchiks Arrive in S.Korea

  • By Yoon Hyung-jun

    November 15, 2018 11:19

    A group of five North Korean officials led by Ri Jong-hyok, the vice chairman of the North's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, arrived at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday for an event hosted by the Gyeonggi provincial government and a civic group.

    Kim Song-hye of the United Front Department, who was also expected, canceled citing "personal reasons" just an hour and a half before the delegation's arrival.

    North Korean officials led by Ri Jong-hyok (right), the vice chairman of the North's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, arrive at Incheon International Airport on Wednesday. /Newsis

    The cancellation comes soon after the North called off high-level talks with the U.S. last week. Kim Song-hye is a close aide to Kim Yong-chol, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's right-hand man who was supposed to meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York.

    The North Korean officials are staying at a hotel in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province until Saturday. Some conservative groups protested near the hotel.

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