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Korean Peninsula

S. Korea proposes military, Red Cross talks with DPRK

ASIA PACIFIC DAILY | Mon,2017-07-17


South Korea on Monday proposed talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) over military and Red Cross affairs.

Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk told reporters at the defense ministry that South Korea offered talks of military authorities with the DPRK to stop all hostile acts escalating military tensions near the military demarcation line.

Suh suggested the dialogue be held on July 21 in Tongilgak, a building in the DPRK side of the truce village of Panmunjom.

Separately, the South Korean Red Cross suggested to its DPRK counterpart holding dialogue about the reunion of families, who have been separated after the 1950-1953 Korean War for decades along the inter-Korean border.

Seoul offered the talks on humanitarian issues to be held on Aug. 1 in the Peace House, a building in the South Korean side of Panmunjom.

The overtures came after South Korean President Moon Moon Jae-in, who took office on May 10, proposed a peace initiative on the Korean Peninsula in Germany earlier this month.