A highest level delegation from North Korea has arrived in South Korea raising hopes that the arch rivals could see an improvement in ties.
Heading the Pyongyang delegation was Hwang Pyong So, who appeared in full military uniform. He was joined by two senior aides to supreme leader Kim Jong Un.
The group met South Korea’s unification minister and national security director.
The two Koreas are technically at war because their three year war in the 1950s ended without a formal peace treaty.
Relations have reached a low point in recent years over the North’s nuclear weapons programme, military aggression and human rights abuses.
Seoul insists that the North denuclearise before
the two sides can come closer together.
Internationally isolated, Pyongyang has signalled it is ready to return to six-party talks over its nuclear programme.
This visit comes as speculation mounts that supreme Leader Kim may be in bad health.