Kim Yo-jong hands over a letter from her brother to South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. (Photo: AFP)
Seoul (People's Daily) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong on Saturday invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang as soon as possible.
As a special envoy of the North Korean leader, his sister said if South Korean President Moon met Kim Jong-un and exchanged views, relations between the countries will improve quickly, Yonhap News reported.
Kim Yo-jong made the remarks during a lunch with Moon at Blue House. "I hope the president (Moon Jae-in) will put a footprint in history that will be long remembered by the future generation by playing a leading role in opening a new era of unification," she added.
If the proposed summit between the heads of state materialised, it would be the third of its kind after those held in 2000 and 2007, both in Pyongyang.
"The whole world is paying attention with high expectations of us today," Moon said, adding the meaning of their meeting is profound and he is fully aware of his responsibility. He also proposed a toast to peace and mutual prosperity of the South and North.
North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam pointed out that the warm and sincere reception from the South made him feel good. "Nobody ever thought that their meeting would be so exciting and moving."
He said he was happy to realise that the two sides belonged to the same nation as their athletes marched together at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
"I hope this year will mark an epoch-making point in improving ties between the North and South," he added.