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Pope Francis says may visit Pyongyang following official invitation

All Headlines 20:35 October 18, 2018

VATICAN, Oct. 18 (Yonhap) -- Pope Francis expressed his willingness Thursday to visit North Korea if officially invited, also saying he will "certainly" respond to such an invitation from the communist state.

The remarks came in a meeting with South Korean president Moon Jae-in, who paid a courtesy call on the pope to deliver a verbal invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the pope to visit Pyongyang.

"The pope said '(I) will unconditionally give an answer if an (official) invitation arrives and I can go'," Moon's top press secretary, Yoon Young-chan, told reporters.

Moon asked if he may tell the North Korean leader to send an official delegate to invite the pope.

The pope said the verbal invitation relayed by President Moon should be sufficient but that an official invitation would also be nice, according to Yoon.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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