|In this photo released from the South Korean Unification Ministry, South Korean Unification Minister Chung Dong-young, left, poses with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, Friday|
Officials in Seoul say Pyongyang informed South Korean Unification Minister Chung Dong-young of the unexpected meeting just hours before he was to return to Seoul on Friday morning.
No details about the discussions were immediately available.
The meeting comes as Seoul is urging the North to end its year-long boycott of multinational talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear weapons capabilities.
Cheon Hyun-chun, with Seoul's Korean Institute of National Unification, says the importance of the meeting with the reclusive Mr. Kim should not be underestimated.
Mr. Cheon says Mr. Kim may use the meeting to convey an important message to South Korea.
Mr. Chung, who returns to Seoul later Friday, was in Pyongyang to attend celebrations commemorating a historic 2000 summit between the two countries.