Seoul proposes military talks with Pyongyang for next week

For the first time since Moon Jae-in became South Korea’s president, Seoul has offered to hold military talks with North Korea in order to decrease the tensions between the two countries. The talks would be held next week at the Demilitarized Zone on the Korean Peninsula.
South Korean soldier Photo Credit: EPA

Amid the growing tensions between the two neighboring countries, South Korea has proposed to hold military talks with Pyongyang next week. Seoul suggested that the talks between representatives of the two countries’ armies be held at the Demilitarized Zone, which separates the two foes on the Korean Peninsula.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry made the offer on Monday morning, the first since Moon Jae-in became the South’s president. The last time North Korean and South Korean military officials met was in December 2015. South Korea’s former President Park Geun-hye demanded that Pyongyang seriously commit to changing its nuclear program before talks between the countries would be held.  

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The proposed dialogue would be aimed at decreasing the tensions in the region. North Korea’s most recent missile test, which took place about three weeks ago, involved an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching Alaska.

In response to the test, which constituted a milestone in Pyongyang’s missile program, the US held a joint military exercise with Japan and South Korea as a show of force to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that America would propose new sanctions against North Korea as the country continues to defy UNSC resolutions.



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