N. Korea Envoy Meets With South's Prez

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2009 4:54 AM CDT
South Korean President Lee Myung-baktalks with North Korean chief delegate Kim Ki Nam and the country's spy chief Kim Yang Gon, left, during their meeting in Seoul today.   (AP Photo/Presidential House)
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(Newser) – An envoy from Kim Jong-il met with South Korea's president today to deliver the first direct communication between the two nations in 18 months, reports Reuters. The content of Kim's message to President Lee Myung-bak was not disclosed. But the fact that the 30-minute meeting happened at all indicates an easing of tensions between the two nations.

Kim had previously called Lee a "traitor to the state" because he cut off unconditional aid to the impoverished nation. Lee had demanded nuclear disarmament before more help would be provided. Both sides called the meeting productive.