South Korea Calls for Talks with North to Reduce Tensions
South Korea's government proposed on Monday to hold military talks with North Korea to reduce tensions between the two countries.
The South Korean defense ministry offered to hold a meeting Friday at the truce village of Panmunjom. The village sits along the border between the two sides.
South Korea's vice defense minister said the talks would seek "to stop all hostile actions which (heighten) military tensions at the border."
The meeting would be the first between Korean officials since December 2015.
North Korea has not yet answered the proposal.
In another development, the South Korean Red Cross has proposed to hold a meeting with North Korean officials on August 1. It also offered to hold the meeting at Panmunjom.
The purpose of that meeting would be to discuss restarting reunions for families separated by the Korean War. An estimated 60,000 South Koreans have sought to take part in the exchanges.
North Korea has called for the return of 12 North Korean female restaurant workers who fled to South Korea last year before family reunions can begin again.
South Korea, however, says the workers fled of their own free will.
Two track policy seeks talks while supporting restrictions
Efforts to restart military talks and family meetings follow South Korean President Moon Jae-in's attempts to develop a two-track policy.
South Korea's Unification Ministry says the latest proposals are consistent with Moon's policy.
"There is no change in our position that we will put forth effort to (persuade) North Korea to come out for denuclearization by using all possible measures such as sanctions and talks," South Korea's unification minister said.
Moon has supported a policy of engagement with the North Korean government. He is seeking to open talks with the North Korean government while supporting U.S.-led restrictions on North Korea.
The U.S. and United Nations Security Council have placed sanctions on the North for its long-range missile tests and nuclear weapons program.
North Korea's most recent missile test took place on July 4. Experts have said the missile could reach the U.S. state of Alaska.
Daniel Pinkston is a North Korea expert with Troy University in Seoul.
He said South Korea may be willing to take steps like suspending loudspeaker broadcasts across the border, which North Korea opposes.
"Once that is established, then both sides can understand what the other is seeking. They can signal to the other side what they want, what problems or issues they have with the other side," Pinkston said.
I'm Mario Ritter.
1.military talks 军事会谈
North and South Korea will this week hold their first military talks in two years.
2.took place 发生；举行
The interview took place on a Friday afternoon.
3.nuclear weapons 核武器
He claims that several countries have developed nuclear weapons secretly.
4.come out 出现；出版
The truth is beginning to come out about what happened.
1."There is no change in our position that we will put forth effort to (persuade) North Korea to come out for denuclearization by using all possible measures such as sanctions and talks
put forth effort to 着力解决
Everyone will find that they must put forth effort to be sensitive.
The government urged the nation to put forth every effort to check war.
2.He said South Korea may be willing to take steps like suspending loudspeaker broadcasts across the border, which North Korea opposes.
take steps 采取措施
She is not content with her present lot and wishes to take steps to improve it.
If you tend to overeat because of depression, first take steps to recognize the source of your sadness.
韩国国防部提出周五在板门店停战村进行会谈 。该村庄位于两国的边界 。
另一方面，韩国红十字会提议在8月1日与朝鲜官员举行会晤 。而会议的地址也在板门店 。
会晤主要是为了讨论因朝鲜战争而离散的家属重聚一事 。估计约60000名韩国人想要参与团聚活动 。
文在寅支持了一项与朝鲜政府接触的政策 。他正寻求与朝鲜政府进行会谈的同时，支持以美国为主导的对朝鲜的制裁 。
朝鲜最近一次试射导弹是在7月4日 。专家们表示，导弹的距离可以到达美国的阿拉斯加州 。
丹尼尔·平克斯顿（Daniel Pinkston）是首尔特洛依大学的朝鲜专家 。
平克斯顿说，“这种关系一旦建立，双方就能明白对方的目的 。他们可以向对方传达自己的要求以及双方存在的问题与争端 。