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Seoul proposes military talks with Pyongyang

Seoul proposes military talks with Pyongyang

"North Korea should respond to our honest proposals if it really seeks peace on the Korean Peninsula", Cho Myoung-Gyon, Seoul's unification minister in charge of North Korea affairs, told reporters.

"We noticed the South Korean government sent a couple of positive messages in pushing to resolve the issues on the Korean Peninsula", Lu said, adding that China hopes both sides on the peninsula can work together toward the positive direction and create preconditions for breaking the current deadlock and restart of dialogue.

Prospects for talks on family reunions are less good because North Korea has previously demanded that South Korea repatriate some North Korean defectors living in the South before any reunions take place, according to the analysts.

"The Defense Ministry proposes to hold a military talks between the two Koreas on July 21 at Tongilgak in North Korea to stop all hostile actions which heightens military tensions at the border", said Seoul's Vice Defense Minister Seo Joo-seok on Monday.

South Korea proposed military talks and family reunions with North Korea on Monday to reduce the increasing potential for conflict over Pyongyang's continued development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

Seoul's Unification Ministry says these latest proposals are in line with President Moon Jae-in's dual track policy to pursue both engagement with the Kim Jong Un government while also supporting USA led sanctions to pressure Pyongyang to halt its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs. -South Korea military drills. South Korea and the United States dispute the claim.

However, Maginnis insists that it is going to be hard for the South Koreans to accept a major loss of life and property because of the misbehavior in the North. The last government-level meetings were held in December, 2015.

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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.

"We make the proposal for a meeting. aimed at stopping all hostile activities that escalate military tension along the land border", the defence ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, it's quite uncertain whether the North will return to Red Cross talks. South Korea usually refers to loudspeaker broadcasts and other provocations, while the North wants a halt to routine joint U.S.

The two Koreas have been divided since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

If the meeting is to take place as planned, it would be the first dialogue between the military authorities of the two sides in nearly three years; their previous meeting was held on October 15, 2014.

The Red Cross has proposed the reunions for October, during the Chuseok holiday. Both Koreas prohibit their citizens from exchanging letters, phone calls and emails with people in the other country without government permission.