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Kim Jong-un invites S Korea's President Moon to N Korea at 'earliest date'

Moon Jae-in met Kim Yo Jong and the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam for talks and lunch at the Blue House on Saturday

AFP  |  Seoul 

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File photo of Kim Jong-Un

North Korean has invited the South's Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongchang, said on Saturday.

The invitation, delivered by Kim's visiting sister Jong, said Kim was willing to meet the South's "at the earliest date possible", said a for the presidential

An inter-Korean summit would be the third of its kind, after Kim's father and predecessor met the South's and Roh Moo-hyun in 2000 and 2007 respectively, both of them in Pyongchang.

After months of silence on whether it would even take part in the Pyeongchang in the South, which had their opening ceremony yesterday, nuclear-armed North has gone on a charm offensive, dispatching athletes, performers and Kim's sister plus other diplomatic delegates to the South.

Moon met Jong and the North's ceremonial for talks and lunch at the today.

"Jong delivered a personal letter" from her brother stating his "wish to improve inter-Korean relations", said Moon's

She verbally conveyed Kim's invitation to Moon "to visit the North at his most convenient time", he added.

Moon has long argued for engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table over its nuclear ambitions but did not immediately accept the offer.

Moon called for efforts to "create the right conditions to realise" such a visit, his said, urging to more actively seek dialogue with the US.

"It is absolutely necessary for the North and the to engage in talks at an early date," he cited Moon as saying.

has long insisted the North must show a willingness to denuclearise before any negotiations -- which says it will never do.

First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 13:30 IST