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N Korea at crossroads

South Korean tycoons join Moon in Pyongyang

Samsung, Hyundai and LG leaders meet with North's deputy prime minister

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong, right, shakes hands with Ri Ryong Nam, North Korean deputy prime minister, Tuesday in Pyongyang.   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- An entourage of South Korean business leaders accompanied President Moon Jae-in on his three-day visit to Pyongyang to talk up economic cooperation in hopes of bringing the Northern neighbor closer to reconciliation.

Among the group of 17 business people is Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics and the group's de facto leader. Lee, along with the rest of the high-profile contingent, met Tuesday with Ri Ryong Nam, North Korea's deputy prime minister for economic affairs.

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