Kim Jong Un Meets With S. Korea Envoys Himself

Delegates arrive from South as diplomacy push continues
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2018 5:33 AM CST
In Rare Move, Kim Meets S. Korea Envoys Himself
In this Feb. 8, 2018, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second right, attends a military parade.   (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

North Korea's Kim Jong Un appears to be sending a signal that he's serious about the latest push for diplomacy with the South: He has met with envoys from the neighboring nation himself, reports the New York Times. It is believed to be the first time Kim has met officials from the South since taking power six years ago, notes the Yonhap News Agency, and the envoys delivered a letter to him from President Moon Jae-in. Kim also was hosting a dinner for the visitors, including the South's national security chief and its spy chief.

The meeting comes after relations seemed to warm up during the Olympics, and one aim is restart talks between the North and the US. That seems to have a ways to go, however: Over the weekend, President Trump said the US would be willing to meet, but only if Pyongyang agrees to "denuke," notes the BBC. North Korea's foreign ministry responded that any such precondition is "preposterous." (More Kim Jong Un stories.)

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