South Korea's new government proposes military talks with Pyongyang

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

The UNSC is working on a new set of punitive actions against the North following its sanctions resolutions adopted after last year's two nuclear tests.

The threat from North Korea is rising to a new level as the country makes headway in its missile and nuclear ambitions, the Nikkei Asian Review reported. An Unification Ministry official said Friday, "We received a proposal from the UNFPA that asked for US$6 million for the North Korean census".

Despite condemning the ICBM test, South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday offered talks with North Korea, indicating for the first time since his inauguration in May that he wants to use dialogue to defuse the global standoff over the North's nuclear and missile programs. The last family reunion was held in October that year.

"This is not a time for dialogue, it's a time for pressure", he said.

North Korea has again vowed to defend itself against what it considers an aggressive US presence in the region. The previous president Park Geun-Hye had refused to include language as long as Pyongyang did not take any concrete action towards the denuclearization. The only realistic hope for a relatively bloodless resolution is for the USA and China to act together to impose an air- sea-land quarantine on North Korea, cutting off all imports until the beloved leader is overthrown by coup or popular revolt or he agrees to a US - verified permanent disarmament.

In response to the launch, our ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, called for an emergency meeting of the Security Council whose permanent members include China and Russian Federation, either of whom could veto any action we proposed.

No details have been released.

Seoul has proposed rare military talks to North Korea for as early as this week, saying that the negotiations may "ease tensions" and establish long-awaited peace on the Korean Peninsula, where the states are technically still at war with each other.

When pressed about possible restrictions on oil sales, Maruyama said, "we are considering" tougher United Nations sanctions.

The leaders of the three countries tried to enlist Beijing's support by urging it to tighten sanctions on Pyongyang on top of the coal import ban it imposed.

What is important, Maruyama stressed, is to stop the flow of people, commodities and currency to North Korea.

The Council of the European Union strongly condemned North Korea's missile test as it poses a serious threat to worldwide peace and security, it said in a statement.

Cho added that the South did not engage in any back-channel dialogue with the North before making the proposals.

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