Feb 10, 2018 - World

Kim Jong-un invites South Korea's president to Pyongyang

Winter Olympics

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes the hand of Kim Yong-jo, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Photo: Jean Catuffe / Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un extended an invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, which South Korean officials said Moon "practically accepted," per Reuters. The invitation — which proposed meeting "at an early date" — came via Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, who met with Moon in Seoul as a part of North Korea's Winter Olympics delegation.

Why it matters: The meeting, which would be the first between Korean leaders since 2007, could accelerate the thaw in tensions between North and South Korea. It's also likely to be poorly received by the United States, which is set to unveil the toughest sanctions ever against the North Korean regime.

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