North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong. (File Photo)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister paid a rare visit to the country's militarized southern border to deliver a condolence message over the death of a former South Korean first lady who promoted unity between the rivals.
North Korea's government has had a special relationship with Lee Hee-ho and Kim Dae-jung, who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his 'Sunshine Policy' of rapprochement to coax the reclusive state out of its shell.
This resulted in him traveling to Pyongyang in 2000 with Lee for the first summit of the leaders of the two Koreas. He and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il shared hugs, held hands and sang traditional songs together.
Blue House spokesman Yoon Do-han said in a briefing Wednesday that Kim Yo Jong hoped the family of the former president and first lady could overcome their sadness and pursue their wishes of inter-Korean cooperation. She was in Panmunjom for about 15 minutes and Yoon didn't mention further details of her conversation with the South Korean security official.
North Korea sent a delegation to Seoul for Kim Dae-Jung's funeral in 2009 and the group had talks with then President Lee Myung-bak. The rare visit to the South Korean capital helped ease a thaw between the two Koreas, where there had been no high-level official talks in about two years.