South Korea proposes military talks with North Korea

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 18, 2017

In response to North Korea's latest missile test, the US and South Korea conducted live-fire bombing exercises along the DMZ, making one wonder who's really provoking whom?

But the paper accused South Korea of contradicting itself by pursuing peace while tightening sanctions and called on Seoul to implement "a fundamental shift in policy and stance".

The South Korean government made a rare formal overture to its counterpart in the North on Monday, proposing that the longstanding rivals open new military talks along their shared border.

Frustrated that China has not done more to rein in North Korea, the Trump administration could impose new sanctions on small Chinese banks and other firms doing business with Pyongyang within weeks, two senior USA officials said.

FILE - In this April 17, 2017, file photo, two North Korean soldiers look at the south side as a South Korean soldier, center, stands guard while U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the border village of Panmunjom which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, South Korea.

South Korea's defence ministry proposed a meeting to be held Friday at the border truce village of Panmunjom to ease tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

Analysts say the overall picture suggests that North Korea is buying increasing amounts of products from China.

Chinese purchases of North Korea iron ore rose 34 percent from a year earlier in the first five months of the year, according to a South Korean industry group, the Korea International Trade Association. But his push has reported little progress with the North test-firing a series of newly developed missiles since Moon's May 10 inauguration.

Those talks would be held on August 1, also in Panmunjom - that is, if Pyongyang accepts.

After the ICBM launch, Kim said he would never negotiate over his weapons programs as long as US hostility and nuclear threats persist.

The proposal came roughly a week after Moon said the need for dialog with North Korea was more pressing than ever to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. About 28,500 American troops are stationed in South Korea.

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