Seoul Seeks New Talks With North Korea, Hoping To Tamp Down Tensions

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The South Korean government made a rare formal overture to its counterpart in the North on Monday, proposing that the longstanding rivals open new military talks along their shared border. It is the first such offer under South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, who signaled his willingness to talk with Pyongyang during his campaign earlier this year. "We make the proposal for a meeting ... aimed at stopping all hostile activities that escalate military tension along the land border," the country's defense ministry said in a statement, according to the Agence France-Presse news service . The proposed talks — which would be held Friday in the border town of Panmunjom, if accepted — would be the first face-to-face meeting between the two sides since...

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