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South Korea offers to hold rare talks with North

South Korea offers to hold rare talks with North

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.

Suh called on Pyongyang to restore the military communications line in the western region to send a reply to South Korea's dialogue overture, expressing anticipation of the DPRK's positive response.

South Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo Suk proposed on Monday that defense officials from the two Koreas hold talks at the border village of Panmunjom on Friday on how to end hostile activities along the border.

If the government meeting goes ahead, it will mark the first official inter-Korea talks since December 2015.

The offer came as the United States is locked in hard negotiations with China at the UN on a new sanctions resolution in response to the ICBM test.

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Those talks would be held on August 1, also in Panmunjom - that is, if Pyongyang accepts.

U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at China's trade with North Korea in a tweet last week, claiming it had grown "almost 40 percent" in the first quarter of this year. South Korea has offered on Monday, July 17, 2017 to talk with North Korea to ease animosities along their tense border and resume reunions of families separated by their war in the 1950s.

It is the first such offer under South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, who signaled his willingness to talk with Pyongyang during his campaign earlier this year.

Analysts say the overall picture suggests that North Korea is buying increasing amounts of products from China. But he has achieved little progress, with North Korea test-firing a series of newly developed missiles.

After the ICBM launch, Kim said he would never negotiate over his weapons programs as long as US hostility and nuclear threats persist. Kim's statement suggested he will order more missile and nuclear tests until North Korea develops a functioning ICBM that can place the entire USA within its striking distance. In other words, the United States is overhyping the extent of the supposed threat posed by North Korea, possibly in order to justify its controversial THAAD deployment in South Korea.


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