North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, has invited the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to visit Pyongyang at the “earliest date possible” for what would be the first summit between the two nations in more than a decade.
Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, made the overture during a lunch at Seoul’s presidential palace.
She is the first member of Pyongyang’s ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean war. Kim Yong-nam, North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, also attended the meeting.
The two sides discussed inter-Korean relations, according to the Yonhap news agency, and Moon responded to the invitation by saying: “Let us make it happen by creating the necessary conditions in the future.”
Moon has previously said he is willing to travel to Pyongyang, but the US is likely to oppose such a trip as Washington pursues a policy of “maximum pressure”. Moon also stressed the need for the US to come to the table.
“An early resumption of dialogue between the United States and the North is needed also for the development of the South-North Korean relationship,” Moon said, according to a spokesman.
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