S Korea of­fers talks on ten­sion, fam­ily re­unions with North

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

South Korea yes­ter­day of­fered talks with North Korea to ease an­i­mosi­ties along their tense bor­der and re­sume re­unions of fam­i­lies sep­a­rated by their war in the 1950s. It was un­clear how North Korea will re­act since it re­mains sus­pi­cious of new South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in’s out­reach to it. But Moon’s over­ture, the first for­mal of­fer of talks since his in­au­gu­ra­tion in May, in­di­cates he wants to use di­a­logue to defuse the in­ter­na­tional stand­off over North Korea’s weapons pro­grams, de­spite hav­ing con­demned the North’s first in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile test on July 4 and vowed a firm re­sponse. If re­al­ized, the talks would be the first in­ter-Korean di­a­logue since De­cem­ber 2015.

NEW DELHI: A cy­clist takes refuge un­der a tree from the pelt­ing rain.

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