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ROK to 'consider' inviting DPRK's Kim Jong-un to ASEAN summit

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The Republic of Korea's President Moon Jae-in (5th from left) poses for a group photo with ASEAN leaders and representatives before the ASEAN-ROK summit on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on Nov 14, 2018. AFP

ROK to 'consider' inviting DPRK's Kim Jong-un to ASEAN summit

The Republic of Korea (ROK)'s presidential Blue House said on Monday it will consider inviting Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-ROK Summit later this year.

Senior Blue House press secretary Yoon Do-han told a press briefing that ROK President Moon Jae-in will hold a meeting with the leaders of 10 ASEAN member countries from Nov 25 to 26 in ROK's southern port city of Busan, 450 km south of the capital Seoul.

The summit is aimed at marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the dialogue relationship between ROK and the ASEAN, according to the Blue House.

An unidentified Blue House official said Seoul will review the DPRK leader's participation in the upcoming summit in consultations with the ASEAN side while taking into account situations on the Korean Peninsula.

During the ASEAN-ROK Summit in Singapore last November, Indonesian President Joko Widodo offered to President Moon inviting the DPRK leader to the summit. Moon positively responded to the proposal, according to local media reports.

The ROK government has advocated the so-called "New Southern Policy" to strengthen economic and diplomatic relations with the ASEAN members. China Daily/ANN

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