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Kim Jong-un invites South Korean president to Pyongyang

12 February 2018

He didn't say what those conditions were, but he urged North Korea to open a dialogue with the United States, suggesting no diplomatic progress could be made without US participation.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un played a strong card as the Winter Olympics opened in Pyongchang.

North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong Un has asked South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang at the "earliest date" possible for what will be a third inter-Korean summit, Kim's sister told the South Korean leader Saturday.

"And Dennis Rodman has confirmed this and he's met both of them personally", he added, referring to the former National Basketball Association player who has met with Kim multiple times.

Earlier in the day, Moon hosted a meeting with North Korea's high-level delegation to the Olympic Games at the presidential palace in Seoul.

"North Korea seems to have no intention of abandoning its nuclear program", a Japanese government official said.

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He also said that the two countries should continue close cooperation and consultation to help the North make the right decision.

On Saturday, the North's delegation paid a visit to Moon at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

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Moon said improved relations between the Koreas may be a step toward resolving the nuclear standoff.

A White House spokesman added that Mr Moon had told Mr Pence no one would take pressure off North Korea until it takes steps to denuclearisation.

Moon is desperate to use the games as an opportunity to restore regular communication with North Korea and eventually pull it into talks over resolving the global standoff over its nuclear program.

The KCNA report cited Moon as saying inter-Korean relations should be mended by the parties concerned "at any cost as indicated by Chairman Kim Jong Un in his New Year Address".

The two Koreas remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.

The North Korean delegation also included the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, who was expected to attend a VIP reception before opening ceremony.

According to Pence's office, there was "no interaction" between the USA vice president and the North Korean officials.

North Korea invites South Korean president to visit
During Saturday's meeting, Moon also called for the North to step forward to engage in talks with the U.S. Moon said he wanted to "create the environment for that to be able to happen", according to the office.

The DPRK delegates, who came to South Korea via a direct western air route by a private jet, are slated to return back to their homeland on Sunday.

Kim Jong-un invites South Korean president to Pyongyang