South Korea seeks rare talks with North to ease military tensions

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"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", said South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, as quoted by Reuters.

Tillerson's statement comes days after the US announced it was cutting financial ties between US banks and China's Bank of Dandong, which the administration claims acts as a pipeline to support alleged illicit North Korean financial activity.

Although some observers expressed optimism that North Korea would accept the offer, Yonhap postulates that North Korea will sabotage negotiations by unreasonably demanding an end to South Korean drills with the United States while refusing to budge on its own nuclear and ICBM programs. It conducted the first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier this month, claiming to have mastered the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on the missile. Strengthening joint military exercises flies in the face of China's proposed solution to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue through "simultaneous suspension" of North Korea's nuclear tests and missile launches and of South Korea and the US's joint military exercises.

"We make the proposal for a meeting. aimed at stopping all hostile activities that escalate military tension along the land border", the defence ministry said in a statement.

The bill also includes a section that would ban foreign telecommunication firms from working with the Pentagon if they have knowingly aided or abetted cyber attacks carried out on behalf of the North Korean regime or individuals associated with it. But it also gives Trump the authority to suspend these sanctions for national security purposes. The North cut communication across the MDL after the South had imposed economic sanctions in response to a northern nuclear test in 2016.

The bill says, "The United States and South Korea share deep concerns that the nuclear and ballistic missile programs of North Korea and its repeated provocations pose great threats to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula".

The last such reunions were held in October 2015 during the government of Moon's predecessor under a futile push for reconciliation following a sharp increase in tension over border incidents involving a landmine blast and artillery fire.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said more pressure must be put on Pyongyang, particularly from Beijing, its neighbour and main trade partner. That law puts Chinese financial institutions, working on behalf of Kim Jong Un's destitute and dangerous state, in the crosshairs.

The extent of Myanmar's relationship with North Korea is not fully known, but analysts say it still exists, which is why Ambassador Yun's trip is important to the US.

In May 2014, experts analysing satellite imagery of military facilities in central Myanmar identified a site where North Korea was helping Myanmar with production of surface-to-air missiles.

Millions of families were separated by the conflict that sealed the division of the two countries.

"Sixty-three percent of them are more than 80 years old".