With Kim out of sight, North Korean top brass pay snap visit to South – By KJ Kwon and Ben Brumfield, CNN updated 9:48 AM EDT, Sat October 4, 2014

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Seoul (CNN) — With Kim Jong Un out of sight for a month, three North Korean officials popped down to South Korea for a last-minute visit Saturday.

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And they delivered a diplomatic bonbon.

The three officials told South Korea that Pyongyang is willing to hold a new round of high-level meetings between late October and early November, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said in a statement Saturday.

“Within my memory … there was never ever such a high-level visit. Never,” said North Korean analyst Andrei Kankov, from Seoul’s Kookmin University.

Kankov said two of the three visitors “are essentially number two and number three in North Korean official hierarchy.”

Right behind Kim, the “Dear Leader” himself.

Short notice, extensive media coverage

It was a sudden “charm offensive,” Kankov said.

And it caused a media flurry, with South Korean television network YTN following the delegation’s moves via extensive live coverage.

The three…

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