January 12, 2018 2:38 am JST

Moon asks Xi to attend Pyeongchang Olympics' closing ceremony

Leaders also discuss recent meeting between the Koreas

SOTARO SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writer

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month.

The two leaders spoke over the phone for about half an hour. Xi said the countries should work closely to ensure the baton is passed smoothly to Beijing, the host of the next Winter Games, but did not say whether he will visit the South.

Moon also gave a detailed rundown of a Tuesday meeting between Pyongyang and Seoul, where the North agreed to participate in the games. Moon thanked Xi for China's support of the talks, while Xi welcomed the improvement in inter-Korean relations.

The leaders agreed to cooperate so the North-South dialogue extends beyond the Olympics, and eventually resolve the North's nuclear issue so that peace reigns on the Korean Peninsula.

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