Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

North Korean leader invites South Korea's Moon to visit Pyongyang

North Korean leader invites South Korea's Moon to visit Pyongyang

Pic: ReutersPYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe restated Tokyo's opposition to revising a 2015 agreement on "comfort women" in talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday, calling the deal a promise between nations and the basis of two-way ties.

Moon, for his part, took the opportunity to highlight the visit of North Korean officials to the global competition, referring to the "Olympic Games of peace".

On Saturday Kim Yo Jong "courteously" handed over a personal letter from the North Korean leader to Moon and told him of her brother's "intention", North Korea's state news agency KCNA said, without elaborating what that was. Pence stayed for only five minutes before leaving and headed to Pyeongchang where he applauded the USA delegation of Winter Olympic athletes at the opening ceremony.

Pence said Friday that the US would oppose talks between the two Koreas until the North agreed to open negotiations on ending its nuclear program.

The games will be attended by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister and other senior officials.

South Korean officials said Moon had been invited to Pyongyang to speak with Kim Jong Un during the talks and lunch that Moon hosted at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Saturday.

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"An early resumption of dialogue between the United States and the North is needed also for the development of the South-North Korean relationship", he said, according to his spokesman.

An inter-Korean summit would be the third of its kind, after Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il met the South's Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun in 2000 and 2007 respectively, both of them in Pyongyang. Later, he skipped a formal dinner at which he was due to share a table with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.

"Let us make it happen by creating the necessary conditions in the future", he was quoted as saying.

North Korea past year conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date.

However, South Korea's main opposition party warned that any talks between the two Koreas where the scrapping of North Korea's nuclear program was not a precondition would only "benefit the enemy".

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