South Korea seeks peace talks with Kim Jong Un

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South Korea on Monday proposed holding bilateral military talks with North Korea this week aimed ending “all acts of hostility” near the Military Demarcation line that divides the two countries, said South Korean Vice Minister Suh Choo-suk.

According to a statement by the Ministry of National Defense, South Korea proposed that the talks commence Friday at a North Korean building located in the truce village of Panmunjom.

Should the talks occur, they would mark the first dialogue between the military authorities in nearly three years.

During his election campaign this year and in a recent speech in Berlin, South Korea President Moon Jae-in advocated working toward a peace treaty with Pyongyang.

In 2016, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he supported dialogue to ease tensions in the region, yet has since launched a series of missile tests that has added stress to the already volatile diplomatic relations between North Korea, its neighbors and the West.

South Korea also proposed conducting Red Cross talks on Aug. 1 to address the possibility of resuming reunions of the families separated since the Demarcation Line was drawn in 1953. The reunions would take place during the Chuseok harvest festival holiday in early October. In October 2015, a similar event was held.

North Korea has not yet responded to the South’s proposals.

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