S. Korean envoy meets Kim to foster diplomacy

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean delegation met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday during a visit to arrange an inter-Korean summit planned for this month and help rescue faltering nuclear diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang.

The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the envoys led by his national security adviser delivered his personal letter to Kim and “exchanged opinions” on unspecified issues.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the Korean officials fixed a date for a third summit this year between Moon and Kim or made any progress in breaking an impasse in talks between North Korea and the United States over dismantling Kim’s nuclear weapons program.

When asked whether the meeting with Kim went well, Moon spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said he didn’t know.

The envoys flew back to South Korea after attending a dinner reception hosted by the North. Earlier on Wednesday, they met Kim Yong Chol, a former spy chief who has been negotiating wit

h the United States on nuclear issues, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North’s agency that handles inter-Korean affairs, at Pyongyang’s Koryo hotel.

South Korean officials said they couldn’t provide further details.