South Korea has proposed holding rare military talks with the North amid heightened tensions following Pyongyang’s recent long-range missile test.
If North Korea were to agree, they would be the first high-level talks since 2015.
They have been proposed in an effort to halt hostile activities near their border and after a series of missile tests by the North.
The offer to the North is the first formal overture by the government of President Moon Jae-in
The offer is the first formal overture by the government of President Moon Jae-in, who came to power in May pledging to engage the North in dialogue, as well as to apply pressure on Pyongyang to reduce tension on the Korean peninsula.
North Korea has not yet responded to his proposal.
Pyongyang has repeatedly said it refuses to engage in all talks with the South unless Seoul turns over 12 waitresses who defected to the South last year.
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The North claims the waitresses and the restaurant manager were abducted.
The North has conducted two nuclear tests since the beginning of last year and missile-related activities continue at an unprecedented pace
It conducted the first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this month, claiming to have mastered the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on the missile. South Korea and the United States dispute the claim.
Kim Jong-un's North Korea has repeatedly said it refuses to engage in all talks with the South unless Seoul turns over 12 waitresses who defected to the South last year
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