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A group of South Korean religious leaders arrives in North Korea on Wednesday on a rare visit to promote inter-Korean relations.
Seoul's Yonhap News Agency reported that South Korea's government had approved the four-day visit last week -- a rare move that comes as a sign of thawing relations between the neighbours on the divided peninsula.
The group's members -- comprised of Catholics, Protestants, Buddhists and various ethnic religions -- plan to hold joint prayers and events with their North Korean counterparts in Pyongyang.
Seoul's Unification Ministry also allowed the visit of a South Korean Buddhist delegation to Pyongyang for a joint Buddhist service in early September.