North Korea’s president Kim Jong-un Photo: The Sun

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he will consider sending a delegation to the Winter Olympic Games to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February, 2018.

“North Korea’s participation in the Winter Games will be a good opportunity to showcase the national pride and we wish the Games will be a success. Officials from the two Koreas may urgently meet to discuss the possibility,” Kim said.

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Responding, South Korea said it welcomed Kim’s offer to send a delegation to the Games.

“We have always stated our willingness to talk with North Korea anytime and anywhere if that would help restore inter-Korean relations and lead to peace on the Korean peninsula,” a spokesman for the presidential Blue House said.

“We hope the two Koreas will sit down and find a solution to lower tensions and establish peace on the Korean peninsula.”

Lee Hee-beom, president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee, said the organisation welcomed North Korean participation.