South Korea offers military, Red Cross talks with DPRK

South Korea offers military, Red Cross talks with DPRK

South Korea offers military, Red Cross talks with DPRK

The dialogue was aimed at stopping all hostile acts that escalate military tensions near the military demarcation line (MDL) dividing the two Koreas, the vice minister said.

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

North Korea's state media hasn't immediately responded to South Korea's overtures.

Beijing has been joined by Moscow in its "suspension-for-suspension" proposal, in which North Korea suspends weapons tests while South Korea and the US defer further large-scale military exercises. Neither did President Trump, who has pursued a more hawkish policy toward North Korea and promised "very severe things" in response to recent long-range missile tests.

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South Korea today offered to hold rare military talks with the North, aiming to ease tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

If the talks are held, loudspeaker broadcasts, leafleting and South Korea-U.S. drills are expected to top the agenda.

"The overall content, enumerated under the name of peace, carries confrontational intentions to quash its neighbor while relying on foreign forces", Rodong said, calling for a "fundamental shift in policy and stance" by the South Korean government.

Moon has said he would use both dialogues and pressures to resolve the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program.

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If the talks are held, they would be the first meeting of such kind since 2015, BBC reported.

Harris told the Asahi Shimbun daily that efforts to solve the North Korean nuclear issue by diplomatic means and sanctions will continue, but military options are always on the table and can be put into action at any time. Ruler Kim Jong-Un has said he would not give up nuclear ambitions until the United States ceases its hostility towards Pyongyang.

Millions of families were separated by the conflict that sealed the division of the two countries.

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. FILE - In this October 22, 2015, file photo, North Korean Son Kwon Geun, center, weeps with his South Korean relatives as he bids farewell after the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Kore.

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If such activities pick up again in October as the South Korea's Red Cross hopes, they would be the first to take place in over two years. Kim's statement suggested he will order more missile and nuclear tests until North Korea develops a functioning ICBM that can place the entire US within its striking distance.

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