South Korea Proposes Military Talks with North Korea to Ease Tensions

Its most recent test, of an intercontinental missile on July 4, confirmed fears it was a step closer to being able to hit the mainland United States. In return, it proposed that Pyongyang share the census finding with Seoul and allow South Koreans to train the surveyors.

Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo Suk said the South’s defense officials are proposing talks at the border village of Panmunjom on Friday to discuss how to end hostile activities along the border. That means the USA needs to keep squeezing financial institutions in China and elsewhere “that are enabling North Korea to operate in the global financial world without which they would be in very desperate condition”.

When asked if South Korea was willing to “be flexible” on military drills with the United States should North Korea be open to talks, Cho said the government had not discussed the matter specifically. The talks would be held next week at the Demilitarized Zone on the Korean Peninsula.

The sporadically held reunions last took place at a mountain resort in North Korea in October 2015, when hundreds of elderly Koreans and their family members met their long-lost relatives for the first time since they were split during the Korean War.

North Korea’s state media hasn’t immediately responded to South Korea’s overtures.

South Korea’s Defense Ministry made the offer on Monday morning, the first since Moon Jae-in became the South’s president. The two sides technically remain at war but Moon, who came to power in May, has pledged to engage the North in dialogue as well as bring pressure to impede its nuclear and missile programs.

North Korea gets most of its fuel from China, with some coming from Russian Federation.

North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests since the beginning of previous year and missile-related activities at an unprecedented pace.

The draft report says that the North’s ballistic missile development has four characteristics: longer ranges, growing sophistication for a so-called saturation attack, pursuit of secrecy, and a wider variety of launch forms.

In March, the U.S. Treasury leveled new sanctions against the Myanmar army’s procurement body, the Directorate of Defence Industries (DDI), under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act Sanctions. Ms. Ahn said there were no indications that Ms. Wright or any of the other activists would be barred from South Korea.

The missile launch has stoked worldwide security fears.

The two Koreas restarted Cold War-era psychological warfare after the North’s fourth nuclear test in January 2016.

Reuters also notes that North Korea has demanded the return of twelve waitresses who defected to South Korea a year ago as a precondition for talks.

The easiest concession for both sides to make would be agreeing to suspend their mutual habit of blasting propaganda messages at each other with loudspeakers, so if the proposed meeting occurs, that would probably be one of the first “breakthroughs” announced.

North Korea says the South abducted the 12 waitresses and the restaurant manager and has demanded their return, but the South has said the group chose to defect of its own free will.