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President Moon Jae-in makes conciliatory approach to end 'hostile activities'

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Monday, July 17, 2017 – 3:21pm

South Korea has proposed the first military talks with North Korea in more than 18 months to stop “hostile activities that escalate military tension along the land border”, said the South Korean defence ministry.

Newly elected President Moon Jae-in suggested talks be held on Friday at the border village of Panmunjom. Pyongyang has yet to respond.

Although Seoul did not define the meaning of “hostile activities”, talks are likely to focus on controversial propaganda broadcasts and joint US-South Korea military drills, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The proposal has been reported as confirmation of Moon’s conciliatory approach towards North Korea as Pyongyang continues its nuclear missile programme.

It is unclear whether North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un will agree as he “remains suspicious” of his Seoul counterpart and his relationship with the US, reports ABC news.

Separately, the Red Cross proposed a meeting on 1 August to discuss the reunion of families separated by the division of the peninsula during the Korean War.

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