SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has invited President Moon Jae-in of South Korea to visit his country “at an early date” for a summit meeting, Mr. Moon’s office announced on Saturday.
Mr. Moon said the two Koreas should “create the environment to make it happen,” a spokesman said.
Mr. Kim relayed the invitation through his only sister and trusted adviser, Kim Yo-jong, who met with Mr. Moon at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Saturday, in the highest-level contact between the two Koreas in years. She is part of an official North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and she attended the opening ceremony of the Games on Friday.
In his message to Mr. Moon, Mr. Kim “said he was willing to meet President Moon Jae-in at an early date and asked him to visit North Korea at a convenient date,” said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for Mr. Moon.
Mr. Moon has said he was willing to meet Kim Jong-un if he was reasonably sure that a summit meeting would help resolve the crisis over the North’s nuclear weapons program.
If Mr. Moon accepts the offer, it will be the third summit meeting between the two Koreas. Kim Jong-il, the deceased father of Kim Jong-un, had met with two South Korean presidents in Pyongyang before he died in 2011: with President Kim Dae-jung in 2000, and with President Roh Moo-hyun in 2007.
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