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North Korea's Kim describes South as very impressive: KCNA

AFP  |  Seoul 

North Korea's praised as very impressive, reported today, after his sister and other top regime officials returned from their landmark visit to

The agency published a short report on Kim meeting the delegation yesterday following its return to

"After receiving the delegation's report, expressed satisfaction over it and said that very impressive were the features of the south side which specially prioritised the visit of the members of the DPRK side who took part in the Winter Olympics," said, adding the North Korean "expressed thanks" to

South Korea's hosting of has sparked a sudden and rare moment of rapprochement across the Demilitarised Zone after months of sky-high tensions over Pyongyang's rapidly advancing nuclear weapons programme and bellicose missile tests.

After months of rebuffing invitations from to attend the Olympics, Kim did an about-face in a New Year speech.

The North has since sent its athletes to the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, along with cheerleaders and performers, and dispatched a diplomatic delegation that included Kim's sister Jong.

She became the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the Korean War.

She shook hands several times with the South's Moon Jae-in, cheered a unified ice hockey team with him, and conveyed her brother's invitation to a summit in

The report suggested the North Korean wished to build on that rapprochement, saying he felt it "important to continue making good results by further livening up the warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue".

The report added that Kim "set forth in detail the orientation of the improvement of the north-south relations and gave important instructions to the relevant field to take practical measures for it," without detailing what those measures were.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 04:55 IST