Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, has invited Moon Jae-in, the President of South Korea, to Pyongyang for what would likely be a historic summit between the two countries.
A formal invitation for the summit was delivered by Kim Yo-jong, the sister of Kim Jong-un, during a rare meeting that happened at the presidential palace that is located in Seoul.
If the summit in Pyongyang were to take place, it would be the first meaningful discussions between the secretive regime and the nation’s southern neighbours for over a decade.
The sister of Kim Jong-un is part of a delegation from the communist state that is visiting South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics. She reportedly informed President Moon Jae-in that he should come and visit North Korea at the “earliest date” possible.
The President said that the two states should make sure that the meeting could happen by “creating the necessary conditions in the future”.
According to Yonhap, South Korea’s state-run news Agency, Ms Moon told Mr Moon: “I wish I can see you in Pyongyang at an early date.”
She continued: “If you meet Chairman Kim Jong-un and exchange views on many issues, the North-South relationship may quickly improve as if yesterday would seem a far distant past.
“I hope the President will put a footprint in history that will be long remembered by the future generation by playing a leading role in opening a new era of unification.”
Kim Jong-un’s sister is the first member of the ruling family of North Korea to visit South Korea since the Korean War ended way back in 1953 in a military stalemate and with an absence of a peace treaty.
Since the said war ended, the planned summit would only be the third meeting between the Koreas after the meetings that were held in Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007.
President Moon has regarded that the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang was an opportunity to reconnect the relations between the South and the North, who technically remain at war.
During the opening ceremony of the games, athletes from both countries marched together under the flag of the Korean Peninsula. The South Korean President is also scheduled to join Kim Yong-Nam, the ceremonial head of state of North Korea, to watch as the unified Korean women’s ice hockey team compete in their first match of the Olympics.