Monday, July 17, 2017

South Korea Proposes Military Talks With North Korea Later This Month

Reuters: South Korea proposes military, family reunion talks with North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Monday proposed military talks with North Korea this week, the first government-level talks since late 2015, in an effort to halt hostile activities near their joint border and after a series of missile tests by the North in recent weeks.

The proposal is the first formal overture by the government of President Moon Jae-in, who came to power in May pledging to engage the North in dialogue, as well as to apply pressure on Pyongyang to reduce tension on the Korean peninsula.

"We request military talks with the North on July 21 at Tongilgak to stop all hostile activities that raise military tension at the military demarcation line," South Korea's Vice Defence Minister Suh Choo-suk told a media briefing.

Tongilgak is a North Korean building at the Panmunjom truce village on the border used for previous inter-Korea talks. The last government-level talks were held in December 2015.

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WNU Editor: I will be surprised if North Korea accepts this proposal for talks (unless South Korea gives something for them to show up).

More News On South Korea Proposing Military Talks With North Korea Later This Month

S. Korea offers talks on tension, family reunions with North -- ABC News/AP
South Korea proposes inter-Korean military talks to thaw cross-border tension -- The Korea Herald
South Korea Proposes Military Talks with North Korea This Month -- Sputnik
South Korea proposes North to hold talks at defense ministers’ level -- TASS

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