South Korea proposes military talks with North Korea to ease tensions

South Korea proposes military talks with North Korea to ease tensions

South Korea proposes military talks with North Korea to ease tensions

The South Korean Red Cross also called on Monday for separate talks with its northern counterpart to be held on August 1, also in Panmunjom.

North and South Korea never officially signed a peace treaty, merely an armistice agreement to bring an end to the Korean War in 1953. Moon's conservative predecessor Park Geun-Hye had refused to engage in substantive dialogue with Pyongyang unless it made a firm commitment to denuclearisation. However, past history has shown that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, is good at fooling the global community with displays of fake goodwill - which risk Washington and Seoul relaxing their vigilance.

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"We know that they are very sensitive about this issue because these people are getting older - effectively time is running out for them to have the opportunity to meet their family members again", she said.

"North Korea should respond to our honest proposals if it really seeks peace on the Korean peninsula", Cho Myoung-gyon, South Korea's minister for unification, said.

They would also come roughly two weeks after North Korea conducted its latest missile test this year, launching an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan.

During a speech in the capital of a reunited Germany this month, Moon repeated his openness to direct talks with the North Korean leader on everything, from weapons programs to outright peace.

The North's latest ICBM launch has stoked security worries as it showed the country could eventually flawless a reliable nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States.

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It is unclear whether North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un will agree as he "remains suspicious" of his Seoul counterpart and his relationship with the United States, reports ABC news.

"We hope that both sides will move in a positive direction to create conditions for breaking the deadlock and resuming dialogue and talks", the spokesman stressed. He said now was North Korea's last best chance to change direction.

"We make the proposal for a meeting. aimed at stopping all hostile activities that escalate military tension along the land border" that is also the Military Demarcation Line between the long-hostile neighbors, the ministry announced in a statement.

"It would at least help let off some steam out of the current crisis, although the North would still maintain that it would not give up its weapons programmes", he said.

The vice defence minister did not elaborate on the meaning of hostile military activities, which varies between the two Koreas.

But so far the Kim Jong Un government has rejected most of these overtures.

There are also reports of increased activity at the Yongbyon uranium enrichment facility that could indicate plutonium production underway in the past year to further increase the North's nuclear weapons stockpile.

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