No breakthrough for S.Korea party chief in North visit

By REUTERS
September 30, 2011 12:38

PAJU, South Korea - The head of South Korea's conservative ruling party made a rare visit to North Korea on Friday in the hope of improving soured relations between the rivals, but returned home with no breakthrough.

At the same time, private groups sent a 12-truck convoy of food supplies to the impoverished North to help residents hit by floods.

Grand National Party chief Hong Joon-pyo travelled to Kaesong, an industrial park in the North run by both sides, to try to end a more than three-year freeze in ties.

He met no officials during a stay of less than six hours, but offered to promote a policy of "flexibility" with the North.


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