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S. Korea offers military talks with North to ease tensions

Jul 17, 2017, 6:03 AM EDT
South Korea's President Moon Jae-In advocates the strategy of simultaneous dialogue and sanctions on N. Korea.
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South Korea has proposed to hold rare military talks with the North on Friday as it seeks to ease tensions escalated by Pyongyang’s test launch of intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this month. The offer from the President Moon Jae-In’s administration marks a drastic shift from his predecessor Park Geun-Hye’s policy of no talks until the North gives up its nuclear program.  

Moon, who advocates the strategy of simultaneous dialogue and sanctions on N. Korea, recently urged that a peace treaty be signed between the two arch rivals, notes the BBC.

Even if the two parties go ahead with the meeting, analysts don’t expect a very positive outcome unless Pyongyang’s demand for the repatriation of its high-profile defectors is met. Separately, the Red Cross in Seoul has proposed a meeting with the North Korean officials as they seek to reunite families separated by the 1950-53 Korean war, writes The Guardian.  

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