South Korea has proposed holding military talks with North Korea, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang’s long-range missile test.
If they were to go ahead, they would be the first high-level talks since 2015.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has long signalled he wants closer engagement with the North.
North Korea has however not responded to the South’s proposal yet.
South Korea’s Vice Defence Minister, Suh Choo-Suk told a media briefing, that talks could be held at Tongilgak, a North Korean building in the Panmunjom compound in the demilitarized zone between the two countries, which was used to host previous talks.
He proposed that the talks be held on 21 July.
South Korea’s Unification Minister, Cho Myoung-gyon also told a news briefing that “Talks and cooperation between the two Koreas to ease tension and bring about peace on the Korean peninsula will be instrumental for pushing forth a mutual, virtuous cycle for inter-Korea relations and North Korea’s nuclear problem.”