South Korea has proposed military talks with its neighbour, North Korea, the Defence Ministry in Seoul has said. Both countries had engaged in ‘acts of hostility’ along the Military Demarcation Line separating them.
The ministry said the talks could hold in the village of Panmunjom, on the side of the North Korean border.
The proposed meeting is the first of its kind in three years. The defence ministry has said it will wait for a response from Pyongyang.
Tensions currently are running high on the Korean Peninsula, after a year in which the North has carried out two nuclear tests and numerous ballistic missile tests despite international condemnation and UN sanctions. Its most recent test, of an intercontinental missile on July 4, 2017, confirmed fears it was a step closer to being able to hit the mainland United States.