SEOUL - A South Korean envoy attending Russia's World War II anniversary ceremony briefly met with North Korea's ceremonial head of state in a rare high-level encounter between two Koreas, a report said Sunday.
Senior lawmaker Yoon Sang-Hyun, who was visiting Moscow on behalf of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, met Saturday with Kim Yong-Nam, Yonhap news agency said, citing anonymous Seoul officials.
But the two only exchanged pleasantries during their encounter after a military parade in Moscow to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany, it said.
Kim, the president of the North's rubber-stamp parliament, travelled to Russia after leader Kim Jong-Un cancelled a planned, much-anticipated visit.
The young leader cancelled what would have been his first overseas trip due to internal issues, Pyongyang's state media said earlier.
Kim Yong-Nam, 87, has frequently travelled overseas as Pyongyang's representative head of state.
The encounter came as cross-border tensions remained high, punctuated by sporadic minor skirmishes along the border and occasional missile launches by the nuclear-armed North.
On Saturday, the North said it had successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile, and separately test-fired three anti-ship cruise missiles off its east coast.
The last high-level meeting between two Koreas took place in October, when three top-ranking Pyongyang officials made a surprise visit to the Asian Games held in the South.
The two nations then agreed to hold high-level talks by early November to discuss mutual concerns. But the agreement fizzled out over bickering over anti-Pyongyang leaflets sent to the North by Seoul rights activists.