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Kim Jong-un invites South Korean president Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang for summit

The United States is ready to engage in talks about North Korea's nuclear program even as it maintains pressure on Kim Jong Un's regime, Vice President Mike Pence said, signaling a shift in American policy.

"(The visit) shows North Korea's will to improve inter-Korean ties is very strong and if needed it will take unprecedented and aggressive measures", the ministry said.

During the visit, Kim Yo Jong had delivered a letter from her brother asking South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang at his earliest convenience.

"I think it is different from the last 20 years", Pence said.

Pence said he and Moon spoke as "friends" and are completely aligned on the need to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea.

If taken up it would be the first time in a decade that the leaders of both countries have met for a summit.

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South Korea's top diplomat promised to pull through new diplomatic challenges actively and creatively Monday after North Korea invited the South's president to an inter-Korean summit.

Others chanted 'Let's tear Kim Jong-un to death!' while tearing up a picture of the North Korean leader. The White House official said the invitation didn't undermine or detract from Pence's trip.

"We should firmly keep in mind that any talks where denuclearization is not a precondition only buy North Korea more time to complete its nuclear capabilities while they fool us with their peace offensive façade", said Chang Je-won, spokesman for the Liberty Korea Party.

However, South Korea's main opposition party warned that any talks between the two Koreas where the scrapping of North Korea's nuclear program was not a precondition would only "benefit the enemy".

North Korea's ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam, who heads the delegation, responded by saying the two Koreas could overcome "unexpected difficulties" when "having a firm will and taking courage and determination to usher in a new heyday of inter-Korean relations", according to KCNA.

The Unification Ministry said steps regarding the improvement of ties would be led by the two Koreas, but also in cooperation with related countries and the support of the worldwide community.

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