South Korea offers to talk with North on tensions and family reunions

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 18, 2017

In response to North Korea's latest missile test, the US and South Korea conducted live-fire bombing exercises along the DMZ, making one wonder who's really provoking whom?

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.

The timing and scope of the sanctions would depend on how China responds to calls for tougher steps against North Korea.

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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If the North agrees to a meeting, it would mark the first official contact between the two sides in a year and seven months. But Moon's overture, the first formal offer of talks since his inauguration in May, indicates he wants to use dialogue to defuse the global standoff over North Korea's weapons programs, despite having condemned the North's first intercontinental ballistic missile test on July 4 and vowed a firm response. 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.

Moscow alleges to have evidence that the missile which North Korea just tested is an intermediate range one and not an ICBM, while Seoul came out earlier this week and said that it doesn't believe that Pyongyang has ICBM re-entry technology.

The South Korean Red Cross on Monday proposed talks with the North to discuss reunions of family members separated during the Korean War. South Korea's Red Cross said on Monday, July 17, 2017, it wants separate talks at the border village on August 1 to discuss family reunions. But his push has reported little progress with the North test-firing a series of newly developed missiles since Moon's May 10 inauguration.

After the ICBM launch, Kim said he would never negotiate over his weapons programs as long as USA hostility and nuclear threats persist. Iron ore imports from North Korea surged, with China arguing that the United Nations sanctions resolution allows for trade if the income is used for the livelihood of civilians. It is anxious about an influx of refugees and possible United States troops stationed on its border in a unified Korea.

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