North Korea's Kim Jung Un invites South Korean president for summit

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North Korea has invited the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to attend talks in Pyongyang "at the earliest date possible".

"While delivering a letter from Kim Jong-un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission, which contained his stated willingness to improve South-North Korea relations, special envoy Kim Yo-jong orally delivered Chairman Kim Jong-un's invitation (for Moon) to visit the North at a time convenient to him, saying he is willing to meet President Moon Jae-in at the earliest date possible", the spokeswoman told a press briefing.

North Korean senior officials Kim Ki Nam and Kim Yang Gon also visited the Blue House in 2009 and met with Roh's conservative successor Lee Myung-bak after leading a delegation to the South to pay respects at the funeral of former liberal South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, who held the first inter-Korean summit with Kim Jong Il in 2000.

"Spectators broke into cheers and applause as players of the north and the south of Korea entered the stadium, led by the flag of the Korean Peninsula amid the playing of the song 'Arirang, '" said the KCNA.

He also did not shake hands with Kim Yong Nam while making a brief appearance at a leaders' reception ahead of the ceremony - although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country is also regularly threatened by Pyongyang, did so, while exchanging pleasantries with the North Korean.

Some North Korean experts believe tough United Nations sanctions that are cutting off most of the isolated regime's sources of revenue might pressure Pyongyang to further engage with Seoul.

Pence said the United States and South Korea were closely aligned in their approach to dealing with North Korea.

Hundreds of Twitter users in recent days have referred to "Pyongyang2018", and while some were making a dig at the presence of North Korea at the Games, in many cases it appears to have been a simple mix-up.

South Koreans angry at North Korea's perceived "hijacking" of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have sarcastically dubbed it the "Pyongyang Games", but it seems many really are struggling to differentiate between the two places.

North and South Korea are technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.

The prospect of two-way talks between the Koreas, however, may not be welcomed by the United States. There have been mounting tensions between the two halves of the peninsula, particularly since Pyongyang previous year began testing rockets capable of reaching the USA mainland and detonated its most powerful nuclear device to date. Mike Pence, the United States vice-president, has largely avoided North Korean officials at the Games and warned Seoul to be wary of its diplomatic efforts.

Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, arrives at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea.

The two Koreas have a rocky and sometimes violent history at the Blue House.

The delegations shared a lunch of dried pollack dumpling soup, a regional specialty of the only divided province on the Korean peninsula, and soju, a spirit popular on both sides of the heavily militarized border.

The two men will jointly support the team in the evening match in Gangneung against Switzerland, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing Seoul's presidential Blue House.



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