02 August 2017

News Story: S. Korea urges DPRK to respond to dialogue overtures

SEOUL, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- South Korea on Tuesday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to give a positive response to Seoul's earlier dialogue overtures, about which Pyongyang has been mum.

"We believe it is necessary to resume inter-Korean cooperation to solve humanitarian issues and ease military tensions," Seoul's unification ministry.

The ministry urged the DPRK to respond to Seoul's dialogue offers, vowing multilateral efforts to ease military tensions and solve urgent humanitarian issues including the reunion of separated families.

The Moon Jae-in government, which was inaugurated on May 10, proposed to hold talks on military affairs with the DPRK on July 21 at the truce village of Panmumjom. It was aimed at stopping all hostile acts near the military demarcation line (MDL).

The Moon administration also suggested Red Cross talks with the DPRK be held on Aug. 1, but Pyongyang has been mum about both dialogue proposals.

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