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North Korea fails to respond to Seoul's proposal for military talks Updated: 2017-07-21 20:01:54 KST

Seoul's proposed inter-Korean military talks were scrapped on Friday as North Korea didn't bother responding to the South's proposal for discussions aimed at cooling cross-border tensions.
South Korea sent its suggestion on Monday to hold the talks at the North Korean building of Tongilgak at Panmunjom.

"On July 17th, we proposed holding inter-Korean talks on Friday on the North Korean side of Panmunjom. The talks would have been aimed at halting all hostilities between the two countries. North Korea didn't respond, so it'll be difficult to hold talks as scheduled."

The spokesperson noted that the South's military hotline on the western border remains open for the North to get in touch when it feels ready,.. adding that he hopes Pyongyang will accept the offer for the sake of better ties going forward.

"Reopening communication channels is critical to reducing military tensions between the two Koreas. We call on North Korea to accept our proposal to hold talks as soon as possible."

With no sign of a response,.. President Moon Jae-in's vision of bringing peace to the peninsula finds itself in an uncertain limbo.
North Korea has also yet to respond to the South Korean Red Cross's proposal to hold talks aimed at restarting reunions for war-separated families around the time of the Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving, holidays in the fall.

"South Korea will have to wait and see whether the North eventually responds, but for now it appears the regime is not interested in coming back to the dialogue table, at least not on Seoul's terms."
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.

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