Seoul proposes to Pyongyang to restart the dialogue

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

"In order to suspend hostile activities at the military demarcation line, we propose holding an inter-Korean military talk at Tongilgak", the North Korean building inside the truce village of Panmunjeom, the ministry said in a statement.

It asked Pyongyang to respond via an inter-Korean hotline, which was cut off by the North past year. The government is mulling to pull the money out of the South-North Cooperation Fund where 200 billion won ($176.4 million) is immediately available.

Moon has said he will use both dialogue and pressure to resolve the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. -South Korean war games.

Prior to the Myanmar's 2015 elections, North Korea supplied the military junta with weapons technology, according to the report.

Seoul's Red Cross says it wants separate talks at the border village on August 1 to discuss family reunions, with possible reunions over the Chuseok holiday, which falls in October this year. South Korea offered Monday to talk with North Korea to ease animos.

However, the South said it couldn't fulfill either demand because it's a liberal democracy.

The invitation followed up Moon's Berlin initiative unveiled on July 6, under which he floated the idea of not only the military talks and family reunions but a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "at any time and any place, under the right conditions".

"So far", Elise adds, "the North has not responded to the offer from Seoul".

European Union sanctions against North Korea date back to 2006 and are part of global efforts to halt a nuclear and ballistic missile programme that experts say is meant to give Pyongyang the capability to hit the United States mainland.

"But I'm not sure if North/South Korea dialogue could be an important trigger point that could change the mood", he said.

Tensions between the two countries have risen in the recent years amid Pyongyang's nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches, conducted in violation of the UN Security Council's resolutions.

Moon's conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye, had refused to engage in substantive dialogue with Pyongyang unless the isolated regime made a tangible commitment to denuclearisation.

Mr. Moon was elected by promising to reach out to the North. The Korean War was halted with a cease-fire that left the peninsula still technically at war. That said, one successful test doesn't mean North Korea has worked out all the bugs in its system, or that its missiles can deliver miniaturized nuclear warheads.

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