PYEONGCHANG, South Korea—The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un conveyed an invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang for a summit meeting, a dramatic gesture that came just hours after the two countries’ athletes marched into the Olympic opening ceremony together.
Mr. Moon steered clear of any immediate commitments, telling Kim Yo Jong, who was acting as a special envoy for her brother, that he hoped the two sides would create the right preconditions for such a summit to take place, according to a spokesman for South Korea’s presidential Blue House.
The invitation is the latest twist in a sudden reversal in North Korea’s approach to its southern rival that began six weeks ago when Mr. Kim said in his New Year’s address that he would be interested in sending athletes to the Winter Olympics, which opened Friday in the South Korean ski resort town of Pyeongchang.
The invitation came after a three-hour meeting between Ms. Kim and Mr. Moon at the Blue House on Saturday, where the two delegations shared lunch. During the meeting, Ms. Kim also conveyed a letter to Mr. Moon from the North Korean leader.
Ms. Kim, who is believed to be about 30 years old, is the first member of the North’s ruling Kim family to make an official visit to the South. She was accompanied by North Korea’s 90-year-old ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, and other officials.
The North Korean delegation arrived by a special charter plane on Friday afternoon and attended the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics with Mr. Moon and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. The U.S. and North Korean delegations didn’t interact, while Mr. Moon turned around to shake hands with Ms. Kim and Mr. Kim when the inter-Korean team walked into the stadium together.
There have been two previous inter-Korean summit meetings in Pyongyang, in 2000 and 2007. Both times, Mr. Kim’s father Kim Jong Il hosted the South Korean president. Mr. Moon was the presidential chief of staff for Roh Moo-hyun, the South Korean president who met with Kim Jong Il in 2007.