North and South Korea talk at last!

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited his South Korean counterpart, President Moon Jae-in, to Pyongyang for a summit. The invitation, delivered by Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong-un’s sister, and is willing to meet Moon at the soonest possible time.

 

After several months of no communication if it would participate in the Winter Olympics in South Korea, nuclear-armed North Korea has gone on a non-military offensive, dispatching athletes, performers and Kim’s sister plus other diplomatic delegates instead of their military.

 

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Moon has met Kim’s sister and the ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, for talks and possibly a lunch date at the Blue House on Saturday. President Moon has long desired for talks with the North to bring it to the negotiating table over its nuclear ambitions.

 

The talks over lunch by Moon and his North Korean counterpart’s delegation is to be held at Seoul’s presidential palace and will be the most significant diplomatic encounter between the rivals in decades.

 

Critics have said that it’s unclear whether dialogue between the Koreas could lead to a nuclear stalemate when it seems unlikely that the North has been unwilling to give up its nukes under any circumstance.

 

The North Korean delegates moved to Seoul after the opening ceremony and spent the entire night at the Walkerhill hotel. It was built in the 1960s as a luxury facility for U.S. troops stationed in the South and is still used today.

 

The North Korean delegates arriving on Saturday have a choice of attending the debut of the world’s first inter-Korean Olympic team at the women’s ice hockey tournament in Gangneung or they may also see a performance by a visiting North Korean art troupe in Seoul on Sunday before flying home.

 

The North has already sent 500 people to the Winter Olympics, including officials, athletes, artists and also a state-trained cheering group.

 

Reference: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang for summit

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