At the start of the meeting, Kang said that human rights in North Korea remains to be a “matter of great concern” to the South Korean government under President Moon Jae-in and the stance will remain in its discussion at the United Nations going forward.
They would also come roughly two weeks after North Korea conducted its latest missile test this year, launching an intercontinental ballistic missile that landed in the Sea of Japan.
The proposals were separately announced to local media by the Ministry of National Defense and the Korean Red Cross, the latter of which organizes the family reunions.
The South Korean government made a rare formal overture to its counterpart in the North on Monday, proposing that the longstanding rivals open new military talks along their shared border.
“I believe this is a great opportunity for me to hear from different authorities of this new government about their approach and their policies toward the human rights situation (in the North)”, he said.
“North Korea should respond to our honest proposals if it really seeks peace on the Korean peninsula”, Cho Myoung-gyon, South Korea’s minister for unification, said.
The last time Seoul held government talks with Pyongyang was in August 2015 under the former Park Geun-hye administration. He proposed reunions of families separated by the War on the October fourth Chuseok holiday, often described as Korea’s Thanksgiving.
This is his second visit to South Korea since taking the post past year. If held, the meeting would mark the first military dialogue between the two countries in nearly three years. Most watchers say there’s a good chance North Korea will agree to hold the talks, but it may propose another date. not July 21st as the South suggested For now though, the ball is in North Korea’s court and we just have to wait and see.
The proposal is a follow up to President Moon Jae-in’s speech earlier this month in Berlin, in which he laid out his vision for bringing peace to the peninsula.
Continued North Korea provocations, however, is pushing Washington toward stepping up unilateral sanctions, a move Beijing has opposed. South Korea usually refers to loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts by both sides, while the North wants a halt to routine joint U.S.
“We make the proposal for a meeting. aimed at stopping all hostile activities that escalate military tension along the land border”, the country’s defense ministry said in a statement, according to the Agence France-Presse news service.