Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon Jae-in to a summit in the North

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, third from right, speaks to Kim Yo Jong, second from left, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and North Korean delegation during a meeting at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 10, 2018.The Associated Press
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, third from right, speaks to Kim Yo Jong, second from left, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and North Korean delegation during a meeting at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. South Korean President Moon is hosting lunch for the senior North Korean officials in the most significant diplomatic encounter between the rivals in years. (Kim Ju-sung/Yonhap via AP)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to meet with him in the North for a summit, Moon's spokesman said Saturday morning.

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Moon Jae-in, center, shakes hands with Kim Yo Jong, left, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as Kim Yong Nam, right, stands during a meeting at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. The Associated Press
Moon Jae-in, center, shakes hands with Kim Yo Jong, left, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as Kim Yong Nam, right, stands during a meeting at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

The invitation was extended by Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong during a lunch meeting with Moon at Blue House, the presidential palace in Seoul. She is in the South attending the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as her brother's special envoy.

The spokesman said Moon did not immediately agree to a meeting, adding that the two countries should continue to work on creating a political atmosphere that would make such a meeting feasible.

Moon also told Kim's sister that the North should have a dialogue with the U.S.

Following the meeting, Pence press secretary Alyssa Farah said in a statement, "The Vice President is grateful that President Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to the global maximum pressure campaign and for his support for continued sanctions."

Kim Yo Jong, Kim Yong Nam, second from right, North Koreas nominal head of state, and Ri Son Gwon, left, attend the meeting with South Korean President t Moon Jae-in, right, during a meeting at the presidential house in Seoul, on Feb. 10, 2018.The Associated Press
Kim Yo Jong, Kim Yong Nam, second from right, North Korea's nominal head of state, and Ri Son Gwon, left, attend the meeting with South Korean President t Moon Jae-in, right, during a meeting at the presidential house in Seoul, on Feb. 10, 2018.

At the meeting Saturday, Moon was joined by his national security director, intelligence chief, chief of staff and the unification minister, according to the Associated Press.

The luncheon also included Choe Hwi, chairman of the North's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

The meeting took place after Kim Yo Jong and other North Korean delegates attended the Olympics' opening ceremony. She was photographed sitting behind Vice President Mike Pence during the ceremony.

Kim Yo Jong, top right, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sits alongside Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and behind U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as she watches the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.The Associated Press
Kim Yo Jong, top right, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sits alongside Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and behind U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as she watches the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

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