South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Young-nam. Photo: Yonhap via Reuters

UPI is reporting that Seoul is getting ready to send a special envoy to North Korea next week. The move is said to follow a late-evening phone call between US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The envoy’s visit could prepare the way for a summit between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Potential candidates for the envoy job include two administration officials, Suh Hoon and Chung Eui-yong, the South Korean newspaper Hankyoreh reported on Friday.

Suh heads up South Korea’s national intelligence service, while Chung directs the presidential Blue House’s National Security Office.

According to the Hankyoreh, Suh is the more likely candidate as he is well versed in inter-Korea relations. Chung, on the other hand, could play a key role as he has been a diplomatic point man with Trump’s White House.

Kim invited Moon to visit Pyongyang “at an early date” during last month’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics. If Moon goes, it will be the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than ten years.

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