A photo taken on July 11, 2017 shows South Korean military containers before the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the shoreline of North Korea (C) on the island of Ganghwa, west of Seoul. AFP Photo

SEOUL: South Korea proposed military talks with North Korea, the first since 2015, and a halt to hostile activities near the inter-Korean border, the South’s vice defence minister said on Monday, after a series of missile tests by the North in recent weeks.

“We request military talks with the North on July 21 at Tongilgak to stop all hostile activities that raise military tension at the military demarcation line,” Vice Defence Minister Suh Choo-suk told a media briefing.

Tongilgak is a North Korean building at Panmunjom used for previous talks. The last government-level talks were held in December 2015.

The proposal came roughly a week after President Moon Jae-in said the need for dialogue with North Korea was more pressing than ever to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes. --Reuters

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