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18 July, 2017, 04:34 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez

Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk suggested the military talks take place Friday at Tongilgak on the North side of the truce village of Panmunjeom.

North Korea's state media has not immediately responded to South Korea's overtures. This initiative is for the benefit of regional peace and development, he noted.

If the government meeting goes ahead, it will mark the first official inter-Korea talks since December 2015. "China will provide the necessary assistance", he said.

South Korea on Monday offered talks with North Korea to ease animosities along their tense border and resume reunions of families separated by their war in the 1950s.

There was no immediate response from North Korea. Noting that Chuseok, one of Korea's biggest holidays, falls on October 4 this year, the president said that since the two anniversaries overlap, it would be meaningful to hold family reunions on that day as a first step in addressing this humanitarian issue.

The ministers supported South Korea's diplomatic lead and urged North Korea to engage in a "credible and meaningful dialogue" to defuse tensions and denuclearise the peninsula.

On the separate offer to hold family reunions, the Korean Red Cross asked the North to hold relevant talks on August 1 at the Peace House, a South Korea-controlled building in the truce village, known as the equivalent to North Korea's Tongilgak. North Korea says the South abducted the 12 waitresses and the restaurant manager and has demanded their return, but the South has said the group made a decision to defect of its own free will.

Anthony Ruggiero, a former deputy director of the U.S. Treasury Department, said the visit could send a signal to Myanmar the United States is watching. He has reached out, apparently unsuccessfully, to North Korea's ally, China, the one nation that can end this threat without massive bloodshed by cutting off all imports to the country with which it shares a land border while we impose a maritime quarantine on its seaports, denying any imports to a nation that relies on imports to survive.

But analysts say North Korea may accept the defense talks because it wants the South Korean army to halt loudspeaker broadcasts at the border that began after North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January 2016.

Until a breakthrough is achieved, Petraeus said, North Korea will be the centerpiece of U.S. We do have some bargaining chips with Beijing in this regard including a warning that we may otherwise extend diplomatic recognition to Taiwan and provide them with significantly more military aid.

Or, even before the sides sit down across the table, they could spend days and weeks engaged in a heated war of nerves over the rank of each other's chief negotiator and protocol, which have in the past resulted in the breakdown of talks.

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