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Such talks have been a priority for President Moon Jae-in since his election earlier this summer, though President Trump has been critical of the notion of diplomacy in general and has been seen trying to get South Korea to commit to supporting the U.S. stance. It comes a day after North Korea responded to President Moon Jae-in's peace initiative to re-engage with Pyongyang - dubbed the Berlin Declaration.

The South is proposing a mutual end to hostile acts at the countries' border on July 27, the 64th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

Regional tensions escalated after North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile last week.

South Korea on Monday offered to hold inter-Korean military talks on Friday to ease tensions along the tense border and Red Cross talks on August 1 to resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

South Korea's Vice Defence Minister Suh Choo-suk talking to media said that meeting could be held at Tongilgak, which was earlier used to hold previous talks.

The proposal came roughly a week after Moon said the need for dialogue with North Korea was more pressing than ever to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes. South Korea usually refers to loudspeaker broadcasts and other provocations, while the North wants a halt to routine joint US-South Korea military drills.

North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests since the beginning of a year ago and missile-related activities at an unprecedented pace.

However, the South said it couldn't fulfill either demand because it's a liberal democracy.

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