A proposal by North Korea to engage South Korea in military talks has been rejected by the South which described the move as “a bogus peace offensive”.
According to reports, one of the reasons South Korea rejected the talks was because it lacked a plan to put a stop to North Korea’s nuclear activity.
The proposed move by North Korea which was turned down by South Korea came after a period of heightened tension on the peninsula, and it is a repeat of a call by North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un at a congress of his ruling party this month.
The proposal by North Korea noted that a immediate dialogue between military officials from the two sides was urgently needed with a likely time for the meeting put at late May or early June.
While reacting to the proposal, South Korea said the offer was insincere.
“The dialogue proposed by the North does not mention its nuclear programme, which is the fundamental issue for peace on the Korean peninsula and South-North ties,” South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told a briefing.
“Proposing dialogue without an expression of its position on denuclearisation is a bogus peace offensive for bogus peace that lacks sincerity.”
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