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14:39, 10 February 2018

Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea invites South president to Pyongyang

AKIPRESS.COM - North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has invited South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang, BBC reported. 

It would be the first summit in more than a decade between Korean leaders.

Mr Moon said the Koreas should "make it happen" and encouraged the north to return to negotiations with the US.

The handwritten invitation was delivered by Mr Kim's influential sister, Kim Yo-jong, at a landmark meeting in the presidential palace in Seoul, before the Winter Olympics.

Ms Kim and the north's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam made up the most senior delegation from the north to visit the south since the Korean War in the 1950s.

The figures from the two Koreas shared kimchi (Korean pickled cabbage) and soju rice liquor, and spoke for three hours.

Ms Kim invited Mr Moon to visit "at the early date possible", a spokesman for South Korea's presidential palace said.

The meeting comes after the US warned against engagement with Pyongyang.

The Trump administration is cautious of Seoul falling for North Korea's charm offensive during the Winter Olympics, which are taking place amid tension over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Correspondents say the invitation puts Mr Moon in a difficult position as he campaigned on a promise to engage with the North, but his moves in that direction go contrary to the wishes of his ally the US.


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