South Korea's new government proposes military talks with North Korea

Eloi Lecerf
Julho 17, 2017

The North's ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) launch has stoked security worries as it showed the country could eventually ideal a reliable nuclear missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States.

Although gasoline prices eased to $2.05 per kg by July 12, they are still more than double from the beginning of the year, when they were averaging just under $1 per kg, the data shows.

The latest inter-Korean contact was the vice ministerial-level talks that were held in December 2015.

In his Berlin speech, Moon also proposed holding Red Cross talks with the DPRK for the reunion of separate families of the two sides on October 4 that marks the 10th anniversary of the October 4 joint declaration and also the traditional Chuseok holiday.

The South Korean defense ministry proposed talks with the North on July 21 at Tongilgak to stop all activities that fuel tension at the military demarcation line.

Earlier this month, Mr Moon reiterated he is willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if conditions are met.

The Koreas last convened for military talks in late 2014.

South Korea stepped up efforts Monday to engage North Korea by proposing military talks this week, despite Pyongyang's insistence on developing nuclear weapons in defiance of global sanctions.

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BEIJING (AP) - China defended Thursday its purchase of iron ore from North Korea following criticism by U.S. President Donald Trump and said it is "strictly and earnestly" complying with United Nations sanctions.

The proposal came roughly a week after Moon said the need for dialogue with North Korea was more pressing than ever to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.

Primary users of fuel products in North Korea include fishermen, farmers, truckers and the military.

China has slashed imports of coal from North Korea even as overall trade between the countries continues to rise.

Moon has suggested hostile military activities be halted at the inter-Korean border on July 27, the anniversary of the 1953 armistice agreement that ended the Korean War.

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.

Tensions rose after North Korea's test this month of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the USA mainland.

The North's foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency that the ICBM test was an exercise of its legitimate right to self-defence against nuclear threat from the United States.

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