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Kim Jong-un invites South Korea's President to Pyongyang

IANS  |  Seoul 

North Korea's has asked South Korean Moon Jae-in to visit at the "earliest date" possible for what will be a third

The invitation was delivered on Saturday at a landmark meeting between Moon and the North Korean leader's sister in the in Seoul, reported.

and the North's of state, Kim Yong-nam, made up the most senior delegation from o visit the South since the Korean War in the 1950s.

invited Moon to visit "at the early date possible", a for South Korea's said.

Moon apparently cited the conditions necessary for an "Let us make it happen by creating the necessary conditions in the future," he was quoted as saying.

The South Korean also stressed the need for the Communist North to resume its dialogue with the US. "An early resumption of dialogue between the US and the North is needed also for the development of the South-North Korean relationship," he said, according to his

The figures from the two Koreas shared kimchi (Korean pickled cabbage) and soju rice liquor, and spoke for three hours. Moon's said the meeting at the was held in a "friendly" mood.

Other members of the North Korean delegation present at Saturday's meeting included Ri -- who led the first sit-down talks at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) earlier this year, and Choe Hwi.

South Korean participants included senior officials Jeong Eui-yong, and -- the

The meeting followed a brief encounter between the two parties at the Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday, in which Moon twice shook hands with Yo-jong.

However, the apparent thaw was not reflected in US Mike Pence, sitting a few seats away in the same Opening Ceremony VIP booth, looked stony faced as the scene unfolded.

Pence, who is leading the US delegation to the Olympics, briefly encountered at the Games but the two tried to avoid directly facing each other.

He has accused of using the event for its own ends. "We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games," he said in earlier this week.

Later on Saturday, Moon and will attend the first ice hockey match played by teams from both the sides, according to reports.

It was not immediately reported whether the North Korean leader's sister would attend the evening match against



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 14:30 IST