South Korea proposes rare military talks with North


The offer of talks, the first since South Korea elected dovish President Moon Jae-in, came as the Red Cross in Seoul proposed a separate meeting to discuss reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

The United States in May asked Southeast Asian countries to do more to isolate North Korea, and efforts have increased after its July 4 ballistic missile test. -South Korean war games.

According to a report by xinhua, South Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk proposed to Pyongyang holding talks of the military authorities on Friday at Tongilgak, a building in the North side of the truce village of Panmunjom. North Korea routinely denounces all joint U.S.

Inter-Korean cooperation and aid have come to a full stop over the last nine years under the conservative governments and worldwide sanctions following North Korea's deadly attacks to South Korea and missile and nuclear tests. North Korea denies this and charges the US with pursuing an imperialistic foreign policy around the globe.

The ministers supported South Korea's diplomatic lead and urged North Korea to engage in a "credible and meaningful dialogue" to defuse tensions and denuclearise the peninsula.

Last month, Kim Yong-chol, a senior official in the North's Committee for the Peaceful Unification of Korea in charge of inter-Korean affairs demanded in an interview that Seoul return 13 defectors as a precondition for family reunions.

Gasoline and diesel prices have reportedly jumped in North Korea, after its largest crude supplier China halted fuel sales. Ties between the Koreas have plunged over the North's expanding missile and nuclear programs and the hard-line policies of Moon's conservative predecessors.

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"The last such reunions were almost two years ago". In all, the North has conducted five nuclear tests and numerous missile tests.

Also, there are concerns that Seoul will be seen as undermining global sanctions against North Korea if it gives too much away at the talks. South Korea offered Monday to talk with North Korea to. North Korea is seen as worrying that doing so could open the country to influence from more affluent South Korea and threaten the ruling party's grip on power.

The missile launch has stoked global security fears.

Previously, Pyongyang has repeatedly said it refuses to engage in all talks with the South unless Seoul turns over 12 waitresses who defected to the South previous year.

The agenda for the meeting could include moves to suspend propaganda campaigns operated on both sides of the border for years, Cheong added.

North Korea says the South abducted the 12 waitresses and the restaurant manager and has demanded their return, but the South has said the group chose to defect of its own free will.