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DPRK confirms proposal on high-level military talks with
The Democratic People's Republic
of Korea (DPRK) has proposed high-level talks between the militaries
of the two sides on the Korean Peninsula to defuse the tensions,
the official KCNA news agency confirmed on Friday.
The proposal was sent by Kim Yong Chun, minister of the People's
Armed Forces of the DPRK National Defence Commission, to South
Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin in an open message, it said.
The KCNA said Kim Yong Chun also proposed opening the talks "in
a place both sides deem convenient in the first half of February
to be agreed upon and holding preliminary talks in late January
for discussing technical matters related to the opening of the
full-dress talks and other specific matters."
The confirmation came a day after South Korea's Yonhap News
Agency reported Thursday that the South Korean government had
decided to accept a proposal from the DPRK to hold such talks.
While saying the proposal is arousing great support and sympathy
at home and abroad, Kim Yong Chun was also quoted by the KCNA
as saying that "it is the unshakable will" of the Korean
People's Army (KPA) to bring about a detente on the Korean Peninsula
and the improvement of the north-south relations for the future
of independent reunification and peace and prosperity.
He stressed the north side had a firm stand that high-level
military talks should be opened to handle all the pending military
issues and find solutions to them at the talks.
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