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Kim Jong Un is meeting with South Korean officials for the first time

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has selected two high-ranking officials to lead a delegation of 10 envoys to visit North Korea this week, arriving Monday.

Chung Eui-yong, head of Seoul's National Security Council, and Suh Hoon, South Korea's top intelligence official, will stay in Pyongyang for two days and are expected to speak with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. They will be the first South Korean officials to meet Kim since he took power following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, six years ago.

After the trip, the envoys will head to Washington to debrief U.S. allies on the encounter. The White House said after a phone call between Moon and President Trump on Thursday there is "no daylight" between Washington and Seoul on North Korea policy. Both the U.S. and South Korea pledged "any dialogue with North Korea must be conducted with the explicit and unwavering goal of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization."