In a move that could ease tension in the Korean Peninsula, South Korea has proposed holding military talks with the North, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang’s long-range missile test.
South Korea’s new government is making overtures to the North, proposing military talks at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates the two rivals.
A senior official said talks should aim to stop “all hostile activities that raise military tension” at the fortified border between the Koreas.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has long signaled he wants closer engagement with the North. Such dialogue was crucial for those who seek the end of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
North Korea has not responded to the South’s proposal yet.
The talks at Panmunjon would be aimed at ending “hostile acts” between the two, which “escalate military tension,” according to a statement from South Korean Deputy Defense Minister, Seo Joo-seok.
Pyongyang put the world on notice when it conducted its first successful test of the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 4. The tension was high during recent months.
At the time it claimed the missile could “reach anywhere in the world,” though based on a standard trajectory analysts say the long-range weapon could potentially reach Alaska.