Head of South Korea's ruling party says Pope wishes to visit North Korea: Yonhap

Pope Francis waves as he leaves after leading a Mass for the canonisation of the Pope Paul VI and El Salvador's Archbishop Oscar Romero at the Vatican October 14, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

SEOUL (Reuters) - The head of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party of Korea Lee Hae-chan said he had heard that the Pope wishes to visit North Korea next spring, Yonhap news agency reported on Monday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is visiting Europe and is expected to pass on to the Vatican North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wish to meet Pope Francis. South Korea’s presidential office said that wish was expressed during a meeting last month.

Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Paul Tait