Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has invited South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang.
It would be the first summit in more than a decade between Korean leaders.
The South Korean president encouraged the north to return to negotiations with the United States.
Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un’s influential sister, delivered the handwritten invitation to President Moon Jae-in at a historic meeting in the presidential palace in Seoul before the Winter Olympics.
Kim Yo-jong and North Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam made up the most senior delegation from the north to visit the south since the Korean War in the 1950s.
The leaders from the two Koreas shared kimchi and soju rice liquor while they spoke for three hours.
A spokesperson for South Korea’s presidential palace said Kim Yo-jong invited President Moon Jae-in to visit the north at the early date possible.
It was reported that Kim Yo-jong left a note at the presidential palace stressing hope that the north and the south will become closer in the heart of Koreans and for unification and prosperity in the near future.
The meeting took place after the US warned against engagement with North Korea.
The Trump administration warned off South Korea of North Korea’s charm offensive during the Winter Olympics, which are taking place in the midst of an increased tension over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
The invitation puts Moon Jae-in in a strange position as he campaigned to engage with North Korea, but his moves in that direction would go against the wishes of his ally, the US.
Yonhap news agency reported that US Vice President Mike Pence encountered Kim Yong-nam at the Games but they tried to avoid facing each other.
Vice President Mike Pence, Kim Yo-jong and Kim Yong-nam were seated close to each other at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam are scheduled to attend the first ice hockey match played by athletes from both North and South Korea on Saturday.
More details to follow. Image 1 of Kim Yo-jong from ABC News.