Japan to warn of greater threat from North Korea in new report

Jang Chang-ha president of the Academy of National Defense Science seen sitting next to leader Kim Jong-un

If the communist state agrees, it would be the first inter-Korean military contact since October 2014.

South Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo Suk proposed on Monday that defense officials from the two Koreas hold talks at the border village of Panmunjom on Friday on how to end hostile activities along the border. North Korea routinely denounces all joint U.S.

The government is likely North Korea's largest user of fuel products, but most petrol and diesel bought by ordinary citizens comes from private dealers and smugglers, experts say.

The acting Red Cross chief, Kim Sun-hyang, said the talks would be held on August 1 at Panmunjom, which is in the buffer zone between the countries.

If realized, the talks would be the first inter-Korean dialogue since December 2015. But the North will likely demand the USA and South Korea stop the joint military drills - a request both sides have rejected before.

President Donald Trump is facing a situation with North Korea "very, very different than it has been for other administrations" given Pyongyang's progress toward developing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the USA mainland, Petraeus said. Ties between the Koreas have plunged over the North's expanding missile and nuclear programs and the hard-line policies of Moon's conservative predecessors.

China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), a state-controlled company, halted diesel and petrol sales to the reclusive state "over the last month or two", according to Reuters. In all, the North has conducted five nuclear tests and numerous missile tests.

When Moon visited Washington after being elected president, he and U.S. President Donald Trump said they were open to renewed dialogue with North Korea but only under circumstances that would lead to Pyongyang giving up its weapons programs.

The U.S. wants to toughen United Nations sanctions against the North, including restricting oil sales.

A ballistic missile that North Korea launched in May reached an altitude of more than 2,000km.

So far, though, the Security Council hasn't formally condemned the launch or supported new sanctions.

Previously, Pyongyang has repeatedly said it refuses to engage in all talks with the South unless Seoul turns over 12 waitresses who defected to the South previous year.

The two parties could at these meetings to negotiate, particularly in a first time the end of the propaganda operations carried out from both sides of the border, he estimated.

Until a breakthrough is achieved, Petraeus said, North Korea will be the centerpiece of U.S.



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