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Thursday's visit marks the first official South Korean delegation to visit Pyongyang since President Lee Myung-bak took office in February 2008, reports Reuters.

Relations between North and South Korea have been frosty, with ... Pyongyang cutting almost all ties with Seoul in anger at the policies of President Lee, who ended what had once been a free flow of unconditional aid to his prickly neighbour and instead tied handouts to progress Pyongyang makes in disarmament.
The communist North and capitalist South are still technically at war, never having signed a formal peace treaty to end hostilities in 1953....
South Korea has been pushing for talks with the North after the sputtering nuclear disarmament process hit another snag late last year after Pyongyang refused to accept a proposal to allow inspectors to take nuclear samples out of the country.
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