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South Korea rejects Norths proposal to hold talks a second time

Korean Central News Agency

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SEOUL, South Korea - Weeks after concluding the rare Workers’ Party Congress in the country, North Korea has now extended a second proposal towards neighbours and regional rivals, South Korea - to engage in military talks.> Big News Network

The elusive nation believes that talks would help diffuse tensions and ultimately “prevent in advance a second Korean war.”

North Korea’s state news agency, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released a statement by the country that said, “We propose to hold working-level contact for opening (the two Koreas') military authorities talks at the date and place both sides deem convenient in late May or early June in a bid to defuse military tension and create confidence-building atmosphere between the military authorities of North and South Korea.”

North Korea’s proposal to hold a working-level meeting with South Korea comes merely days after North’s leader Kim Jong Un made the first attempt to invite South Korea to engage in inter-Korean dialogue at the end of the workers’ party congress in the country on May 9.

In a statement released on South Korean news agency, Yonhap, the country’s defence ministry acknowledged the message by North's Ministry of the People's Armed Forces.

In its official statement, South Korea’s defence ministry said, “There is no change in the government's stance that denuclearisation steps should be a top priority when it comes to dialogue with North Korea.”

South Korea had initially rejected North’s proposal to engage in talks earlier this month too, claiming that it lacked sincerity.

Tensions in the Korean Peninsula escalated after North conducted its fourth nuclear test in January 2016 claiming that it had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb. North followed this with a satellite launch in February, irking the international community and provoking the ire of the United Nations, that imposed several sanctions of the reclusive nation.

North Korea has sent out several threatening signs and military provocations to neighbour and long-standing enemy, South Korea and its main ally, United States. The country has also claimed to have secured key intercontinental ballistic missile technologies like the re-entry and engine technologies and recently even threatened to conduct a “nuclear warhead detonation” test. Pyongyang also announced that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had inspected the final test fire of the 300-millimeter caliber rockets equipped with an accurate guidance system. Pyongyang recently also launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile which ended in failure.

Kim Jong Un had used the rare congress platform to display the country’s nuclear might and the military progress made in the country. At that point, Jong Un had also declared that North Korea was a “responsible” nuclear weapons state.

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