North Korea's Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean leader to a meeting
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attending a meeting (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Things seem to be going very well in the Korean peninsula at the moment.

So much so that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited his counterpart President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang,

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It came after the opening of the Winter Olympics, which saw athletes from both countries march together into South Korea’s Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, behind a ‘unification’ flag.

That led to Mr Kim’s telling his sister, Kim Yo Jong, who is at the games to invite Mr Moon to the meeting, which he is said to have ‘virtually accepted’.

If the two leaders meet it will be the third inter-Korean summit to take place, with the previous meetings taking place in 2000 and 2007.

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North Korea's Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean leader to a meeting
South Korean President Moon Jae-in (Picture: Getty Images)
North Korea's Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean leader to a meeting
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in (L) greets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong (C) (Picture: AFP/Getty Images

‘I think this overture towards South Korea is partly sanctions-related, and also related to the fact that it’s clear a divergence has developed between Washington and Seoul’s most keenly desired goals in the near term,’ Andray Abrahamian, a research fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS in Hawaii, said before the invitation was announced.

He added: ‘The North Koreans should understand that for a summit or any kind of serious talks to occur, Moon needs to be able to take something to Washington – something that addresses denuclearisation.’

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North Korea's Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean leader to a meeting
South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) shakes hands with US Vice President Mike Pence (Picture: Getty Images)

But not everyone is convinced the actions from Mr Kim are honourable, with the US especially suspicious.

North Korea’s state-run media slammed US Vice President Mike after he criticised the North’s participation in the games a ‘propaganda charade’ and said the world must not ‘turn a blind eye to the oppression and threats of the Kim regime.’

President Donald Trump has stayed mostly silent but did tweet his congratulations to South Korea for playing host a day before the games began.

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