N Korea invites South for summit in Pyongyang
PYEONGCHANG: A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked day two of the North Korean Kim dynasty’s southern road tour yesterday.
It was part of an accelerated diplomatic warming that included more handshakes, some Korean liquor and the shared joy of watching a “unified” Korea team play hockey at the Olympics.
Nothing has been settled on any trip north by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. But the verbal message to come at a “convenient time” from dictator Kim Jong-un, delivered by his visiting little sister, Kim Yo Jong, is part of a sudden rush of improving feelings between the rivals during the Pyeongchang Olympics. The result: a heady, sometimes surreal, state of affairs in a South Korea that has seen far more threat than charm out of the North.
Still, it wouldn’t be South Korea if people weren’t asking the question when it comes to North Korea changing gears and showering its rival with apparent affection: What’s in it for Pyongyang?
There’s also cautious optimism. If peace isn’t imminent, a summit between Moon and Kim Jong-un seems better to most than the threats of recent months. Moon spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom said Moon told Kim Yo Jong the North and South should continue to build conditions for a summit. – AP/African News Agency (ANA)