North Korea's Kim Jong Un hosts Seoul delegation in Pyongyang

Top officials from South Korea met and had dinner with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang Monday. It is the first time officials from Seoul have met with the young leader.

“It is significant these talks are happening,” Mark Fitzpatrick of the International Institute for Strategic Studies told Fox News. “Kim Jong Un has hardly met with anyone.”

In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean national security director, Chung Eui-yong, third from left, meets with North Korean vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, Kim Yong Chol, second from right, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, March 5, 2018. The envoys for South Korean President Moon Jae-in are on a rare two-day visit to Pyongyang that’s expected to focus on how to ease a standoff over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and restart talks between Pyongyang and Washington. (South Korea Presidential Blue House/Yonhap via AP)

Top officials from South Korea met and had dinner with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang Monday. It is the first time officials from Seoul have met with the young leader.  (AP)

This follows meetings in the South during the recent Winter Olympics between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and officials from the North.

“It shows North Korea’s intention to initiate talks,” Fitzpatrick noted, “they are apparently feeling the pinch of economic sanctions.”

South Korea's national security director Chung Eui-yong, center, National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon, second left,  and other delegators pose before boarding an aircraft as they leave for Pyongyang at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, Monday, March 5, 2018. A group of high-level South Korean officials has left for North Korea for talks on North Korea's nuclear program and ways to help resume talks between Pyongyang and Washington. (Jung Yeon-je/Pool Photo via AP)

South Korea's national security director Chung Eui-yong, center, National Intelligence Service Chief Suh Hoon, second left, and other delegators pose before boarding an aircraft as they leave for Pyongyang at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul, Monday, March 5, 2018.  (AP)

On the agenda: Improving inter-Korean relations, laying the groundwork for a possible summit between Moon and Kim, as well as talks involving Washington and Pyongyang, and, perhaps most importantly, the denuclearization of North Korea.

Over the weekend, President Trump again said there would be no talks with the North unless getting rid of Pyongyang’s nukes was on the table.

In a statement via state media, North Korea called that “preposterous,” saying Pyongyang agreeing to denuclearization is “…nothing short of ridiculous.”

“There is no ‘give on this.” North Korea expert Fitzpatrick told Fox News. “It is very unlikely that U.S.-North Korea talks will happen.

The South Korean delegation is set to return to Seoul Tuesday. A member will go on to Washington to de-brief officials from the Trump administration.

Greg Palkot currently serves as a London-based senior foreign affairs correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 1998 as a correspondent. Follow him on Twitter@GregPalkot.