The rare and historic three-day visit of the North Korean delegation to Seoul came to a close as they returned to Pyongyang on a North Korean plane from Incheon International Airport late Sunday night.
Their departure came after the high-profile delegation, including Kim Jong-un's powerful younger sister, watched the final concert by the Samjiyon Orchestra side by side with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
It was President Moon and Kim Yo-jong's fourth close encounter since they first greeted each other during the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
During the concert, the two sides expressed hope that the momentum of dialogue and reconciliation will continue.
"We have created a special spark this time. The two Koreas should cooperate to fan this spark into a flaming torch."
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"Now that we have set a foundation to exchange opinions and even hold reunions with President Moon Jae-in, I return home with the hope we can meet again."
Kim Yo-jong, who was part of the 22-member delegation led by the ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, was also revealed to be the North Korean leader's special envoy, as she delivered a personal letter from Kim Jong-un to the South Korean President on Saturday, when the North's delegation paid a visit to Seoul's presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae.
The letter contained an invitation for the South Korean leader to visit Pyongyang.
Moon responded that he hopes that quote "the right conditions" will be created so that the proposed visit can take place.
Before attending the art troupe's performance, the South Korean Prime Minister hosted a luncheon and President Moon's chief of staff hosted a farewell dinner for the North Korean delegation.
Hwang Hojun, Arirang News.