North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on condoled the death of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s mother, Kang Han-ok, according to South Korea’s presidential Blue House on Thursday.
On Wednesday, a condolence letter was sent through the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom. The letter was directly delivered to President Moon, Xinhua reported.
In the letter, Kim expressed his deep condolences over the death of Moon’s mother.
Moon will attend his mother’s funeral at a Catholic Cathedral in the country’s southeastern port city of Busan on Thursday.
Moon’s mother, Kang Han-ok, died at 92 on Tuesday. She and Moon’s late father were refugees from North Korea who fled to South Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War.
Kim’s letter came amid strained ties between the two Koreas after a lack of progress in a US-led effort to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons program.
The two leaders met three times last year and struck a set of deals aimed at easing animosities and boosting exchanges.
In recent months, North Korea has drastically reduced its engagement and diplomatic activities with South Korea, after Seoul failed to resume stalled lucrative joint economic projects held back by US-led UN sanctions.
Last week, Kim ordered the destruction of South Korean-built facilities at a long-shuttered joint tourist project at a North Korean mountain.