South Korea Extends A Rare Invitation For Military Talks With North

South Korea's president says reducing military tensions is paramount for convincing the North to denuclearize.
Posted at 10:58 AM, Jul 17, 2017

In a rare move, South Korean President Moon Jae-in wants to hold military talks with the North to ease tensions and hopefully reach a peace deal.

The South is proposing a mutual end to hostile acts at the countries' border on July 27, the 64th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. The three-year conflict ended with a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.

North Korea's conducted at least 11 missile tests this year, including an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Moon spoke earlier this month in Berlin and said the only way to get the North to denuclearize is if both sides reduce military tensions first.

Arirang reports the two countries haven't had military talks like this since 2014.

Those failed after the North demanded the South stop activists from spreading anti-regime pamphlets and prevent media from publishing critical stories.

However, the South said it couldn't fulfill either demand because it's a liberal democracy.

South Korean media expects the North to accept the invitation. But the North will likely demand the U.S. and South Korea stop the joint military drills — a request both sides have rejected before.