South Korea Calls for Talks with North Korea on Winter Olympics
South Korea has offered to hold high-level talks with North Korea over the North possibly taking part in the Winter Olympic Games next month.
Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said Tuesday that South Korean officials want to meet North Korean diplomats in one week. He said the two sides could meet at Panmunjom, a village in the demilitarized zone separating the Koreas.
The meeting would be the first high-level talks between the sides since December 2015.
The South Korean offer came one day after North Korea leader Kim Jong Un gave his New Year’s Day message. In it, Kim announced that he is considering sending a team to take part at the winter games, in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Late Monday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in welcomed the North Korean offer. However, he added that any improvements in relations between North and South Korea could take place only with the North ending its nuclear weapons program.