South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun on Wednesday met with four senior officials of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at the Presidential Office, according to a press release of the office.
The DPRK visitors included Kim Ki Nam, secretary of the Central Committee of the DPRK's Workers' Party, and Lim Dong Ok, vice chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.
Kim Ki Nam led the DPRK government and civic delegations to Seoul on last Sunday to attend a series of joint celebration events with South Korean delegates to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation from the Japanese colonial rule.
"I am so pleased that South Korea and North Korea (DPRK) joined together to commemorate the 60th anniversary of our liberation," Roh said to the DPRK officials in their meeting.
Roh also said the joint celebration has great significance and it is hoped to serve as a stepping-stone in helping move inter-Korean relationships one step forward, he said.
The South Korean president also hailed Pyongyang's return to the six-party talks aimed at resolving the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula peacefully.
In response, Kim Ki Nam delivered greetings from DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il.
"I came here this time bearing the DPRK people's aspiration for reunification," Kim Ki Nam said, adding "I found that people here are also eager for reunification and improvement in relations between the two sides".
Kim said he was very satisfied with the result of the event.
After the brief open conversations, they had a closed-door meeting for about half an hour followed by a luncheon.
Also present at the meeting and luncheon were several key South Korean officials including Unification Minister Chung Dong-young, National Security Advisor Kwon Chin-ho, and National Security Council deputy head Lee Jong-seok.
During Chung Dong-young's Pyongyang visit in mid-June this year,he met with Kim Jong Il on June 17 as the special envoy of Roh Moo-hyun. In the meeting, Kim Jong Il said the "DPRK is willing to return to the six-party nuclear talks if the US shows respect and recognition" to Pyongyang.
The DPRK delegations will fly back to Pyongyang on two chartered flights later Wednesday.