North Korea's Kim invites S Korean leader to Pyongyang

Rare invitation is received with caution by Seoul as it seeks dialogue between the US and North Korea.

    North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo-jong, is in South Korea for the Winter Olympics [Yonhap/AFP]
    North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo-jong, is in South Korea for the Winter Olympics [Yonhap/AFP]

    North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has extended a rare invitation to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang.

    Kim Eui-kyeom, South Korean president's spokesman, said at a news conference in Seoul on Saturday that the North Korean delegation delievered the invitation letter at a landmark high-level meeting at the presidential palace in Seoul.

    The delegation, which includes Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, is in South Korea for the Winter Olympics. 

    "Chairman Kim Jong Un's envoy Kim Yo-jong delivered a letter expressing a willingness to improve relations," the presidential spokesman said.

    "She also delivered a message from Kim Jong-un that he is willing to meet President Moon Jae-in in the near future and that he hopes President Moon visits the North at a convenient time."

    The president responded by saying that the two sides should work on establishing the right conditions to realise the meeting, according to the spokesman.

    Seoul and Pyongyang are represented by joint teams at the Olympics [Vadim Ghirda/AP]

    Al Jazeera's Natasha Ghoneim, reporting from the South Korean city of Gangneung, said the meeting would be famous in history.

    "Moon is saying that although he is keen to reboot inter-Korean relations, the dialogue between the United States and the North is essential. And he is encouraging both sides to come together."

    The North Korean delegation arrived in the South on Kim's private plane on Friday via Incheon international airport to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyongchang Winter Olympics where Seoul and Pyongyang are represented by joint teams.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera News


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