South Korean envoys to meet North Korean leader
A group of South Korean officials traveling to North Korea for discussions is slated to meet with Kim Jong Un, The Associated Press reported Monday.
The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in disclosed the meeting, which would be the first between officials from the South and Kim since he rose to power following the death of his father in 2011, the AP noted.
South Korea’s national security director is leading the group of officials to the talks that will reportedly be centered around tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
“I will certainly deliver President Moon’s firm resolve to achieve a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and genuine and permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula,” said Chung Eui-yong, as reported by the news outlet.
North Korea last month reportedly invited its southern neighbor to discussions for the first time in more than 10 years.
Athletes from the two nations also marched together during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, while athletes from both countries played together on a unified hockey team during the games.
The meeting in North Korea comes after President Trump over the weekend called on Pyongyang to “denuke” prior to any talks with the United States.
Vice President Pence last month was scheduled to meet with Kim’s sister during a trip to the Olympics, but the North Koreans canceled the meeting.
White House adviser Ivanka Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders traveled to Pyeongchang for the closing ceremony of the games but did not meet with any officials from the North.