South Korea in talks of­fer to North

The Times (South Africa) - - WORLD -

SOUTH Korea has of­fered to hold talks with the North, aim­ing to ease ten­sions af­ter Py­ongyang tested its first in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile.

The of­fer of talks, the first since South Korea elected dovish Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in, was made as the Red Cross in Seoul pro­posed a sep­a­rate meet­ing to dis­cuss re­unions of fam­i­lies sep­a­rated by the 19501953 Korean War.

The South’s De­fence Min­istry pro­posed a meet­ing to be held on Fri­day at the bor­der truce vil­lage of Pan­munjom, while the Red Cross of­fered to host talks on Au­gust 1 at the same venue.

If the govern­ment meet­ing goes ahead, it will mark the first of­fi­cial in­ter-Korea talks since De­cem­ber 2015. —

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