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This picture taken on September 20, 2018 and released by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via KNS shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) walking together during a visit to Samjiyon guesthouse near Mount Paektu in Samjiyon. - Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in visited the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation on September 20, for a show of unity after their North-South summit gave new momentum to Pyongyang's negotiations with Washington. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / various sources / AFP)

NEW YORK: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plans to visit Seoul in December, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted the chief of South Korean conglomerate CJ Group Sohn Kyung- shik as saying.

Kyung-shik was a member of the South Korean delegation that accompanied President Moon Jae-in this week for his three-day trip to North Korea.

He joined the delegation as the head of the Korea Employers Federation, a major business lobby.

During a joint press conference after the third summit, Kim said he made a promise to visit Seoul “in the near future.”

Moon later added that what Kim meant by the “near future” was “this year.”

“Jong-un said he will come to Seoul in December,” Sohn told reporters in New York on Friday (US time), adding that the exact date and his itinerary appeared not to be fixed and it is upon Moon’s invitation.

This picture taken on September 20, 2018 and released by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via KNS shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) walking with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (2nd R) and his wife Kim Jung-sook (C) on the top of Mount Paektu after their summit. - Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in visited the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation on September 20, for a show of unity after their North-South summit gave new momentum to Pyongyang's negotiations with Washington. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / various sources / AFP)

If carried out, it would be the first time that the North’s highest official has set foot in the South’s capital since the division of the Korean Peninsula.

Asked about his prospects for inter-Korean economic projects, Sohn said such a process “will go along with developments of (nuclear) negotiations” and “the railway project would come first.”

While noting that North Korea has shown “very strong willingness” to economically cooperate with the South, the chief of the food and entertainment giant refused to comment on details of his own plan, saying such moves “are in a nascent state.”

This picture taken on September 20, 2018 and released by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via KNS shows This picture taken on September 20, 2018 and released by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via KNS shows North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (2nd R) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (R) sharing a toast with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (2nd L) and his wife Kim Jung-sook (L) during a visit to Samjiyon guesthouse near Mount Paektu in Samjiyon. - Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in visited the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation on September 20, for a show of unity after their North-South summit gave new momentum to Pyongyang's negotiations with Washington. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / various sources / AFP)

As the outcome of the latest Moon-Kim summit, the two Koreas agreed to resume their joint factory park in the North’s western border town of Kaesong and a tour program to Mount Kumgang, North Korea’s scenic mountain on the east coast, as soon as “conditions are met.”

Sohn is in New York to attend an annual banquet hosted by Korea Society, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the relations between Seoul and Washington. – BERNAMA

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