North Korea's reclusive leader, Kim Jong Un, meets for 1st time with South Koreans

The normally reclusive Kim Jong Un hosted a welcome dinner.

A delegation representing South Korean President Moon Jae-in are on a two-day trip to North Korea with the aim of encouraging talks between Washington and Pyongyang.

North Korea has appeared quite eager to hold talks with the U.S. in recent weeks, softening the language and tone of some of its previous public announcements that referred to the "U.S. imperialists' plot" to invade and annihilate their country.

Korean Central News Agency, the North's state-controlled media arm, reported on Saturday that the nation's foreign ministry will "never beg" for talks and described the U.S. as "fooling around" by demanding preconditions for talks. But it stressed an atmosphere of diplomacy, negotiation and peaceful resolution.

"It is our consistent and principled position to solve problems diplomatically and peacefully," according to the KCNA article. "The dialogue that we are aiming at is one that discusses issues of mutual interest among countries in an equal footing."

The U.S. recently ordered new sanctions against North Korea and warned of a potential military blockade to deny access to materials that could be used for missiles.