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South Korea preparing to request military talks with North Korea

It recent test of an ICBM put it one step closer to its goal of developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching anywhere in the United States.”We only have friend countries, there is no enemy country for us”, Min Aung Hlaing was quoted as saying, adding that he wished to see a nuclear-free Korean peninsula and have good relations with militaries all over the world.”We request military talks with the North on July 21 at Tongilgak to stop all hostile activities that raise military tension at the military demarcation line”, South Korea’s Vice Defence Minister Suh Choo-suk told a media briefing on Monday.Moon, who took power in May, has advocated dialogue with the nuclear-armed North as a means of bringing it to the negotiating table and vowed to play a more active role in global efforts to tame the South’s unpredictable neighbour.It was unclear how North Korea will react since it remains suspicious of new South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s outreach to it.However, China says perceptions of its influence with North Korea are exaggerated.Yun attended a conference in Singapore over the weekend focusing on tension on the Korean peninsula over the North’s unrelenting nuclear and missile programs.If the government meeting goes ahead, it will mark the first official inter-Korea talks since December 2015.In an act to rein in North Korea, the U.S. is preparing new sanctions on Chinese banks and firms doing business with Pyongyang possibly within weeks, two senior USA officials said last week. The move came as part of the worldwide pressure on Pyongyang to curb its nuclear and missile programs.”The last such reunions were almost two years ago”.Also, there are concerns that Seoul will be seen as undermining worldwide sanctions against North Korea if it gives too much away at the talks. But he has achieved little progress, with North Korea test-firing a series of newly developed missiles.After the launch, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, said he would never negotiate his weapons programmes unless the United States abandons its hostile policy toward his country. -South Korea military drills.The European Council, which groups the 28 EU member states, on Monday condemned the July 4 launch as an “outright violation” of UN Security Council resolutions.North Korea gets most of its fuel from China, with some coming from Russian Federation.The ministry, which gave no agenda for the talks, said it was still waiting for an answer from Pyongyang. Since no truce was agreed, the two sides remain technically at war.It is thought that formal talks could open up discussions about North Korea’s expanding nuclear capabilities.