North Korean officials return to inter-Korean liaison office: South Korea

FILE PHOTO - A North Korean flag flutters on top of a 160-metre tower in North Korea's propaganda village of Gijungdong, in this picture taken from the Tae Sung freedom village near the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), inside the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, South Korea, April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea sent back its officials to an inter-Korean liaison office in the North's border city of Kaesong on Monday, reversing a decision two days ago to withdraw the officials, South Korea's Unification Ministry said.

A group of four to five officials showed up at the office earlier in the morning saying they came to work "as usual," the ministry said in a statement.

Though the presence of the North's head of the office was not confirmed, the two sides held a consultation and will "continue to operate the office as usual," the ministry said.

(Reporting by Hyonhee Shin and Joyce Lee; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)