South Korea is looking to continue its dialogue with North Korea as it plans to send a special envoy to its northern neighbor following an invitation from the authoritarian nation’s leader, Kim Jong Un.
South Korea’s president, Moon Jae In shared the news in a phone call with United States president Donald Trump last week. The two heads of state discussed the recent visits of high-ranking North Korean officials to the south, including the recently held Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The North’s visit during the Olympics included a delegation that consisted of Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, who became the very first member of North Korea’s ruling family to visit South Korea since the Korean War in the 1950s. During her visit, she delivered a letter from her brother to Moon, with an invitation for him to visit the North’s capital.
The Winter Olympics provided a boost to the relationship between the North and South, with their athletes even marching together under a single unified Korea flag. Moon said he wants to reciprocate the high-level delegation sent by North Korea by sending a southern delegation to the North.
According to the South Korean presidential Blue House, Moon and Trump “agreed to continue to make efforts to head toward the Korean peninsula’s denuclearisation by maintaining the momentum of South-North dialogue.”
North Korea remains committed to its nuclear weapons program, while South Korea continues to urge Washington D.C. and Pyongyang to agree to talk and resolve their issues.
North Korea has previously said that it is open to talks with the United States. However, the U.S. said any talks with the nation must lead to an end to its nuclear program.
In the past, South Korea has sent special envoys to the North with purposes varying from preparations of inter-Korean summits to trying to resolve North Korea’s nuclear issue.