SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has offered to send leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister to a South Korean event planned for early next year, an organiser said on Thursday, which would be the first time an immediate member of the ruling family would visit the South.
Kim Yo Jong is included in the North’s list of ruling party officials to participate in a joint food festival planned by a private South Korean group of businesses with ties in the North, an official said.
Kim, who is believed to be 27, was identified by the North’s state media last week as a senior official of the Workers’ Party, the only other member of the ruling Kim family known to have an official role in the government.
“A list of participants was sent to us, and (Kim Yo Jong) is in there,” Dongbang Young-man told Reuters.
The group is in discussions with the South Korean government over the event planned for Seoul, he said.
The South’s Unification Ministry, which handles relations with the North, did not immediately have comment when asked about the event. Most private exchange between the rivals was halted after a torpedo attack against a South Korean navy ship in 2010, which Seoul has blamed on Pyongyang.
If it happens, Kim Yo Jong’s visit would mark the first visit by an immediate member of the Kim family in more than six decades of division.