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South Korea Makes First Move, Offers Exchanges With North Korea

  • Moon proposes military, humanitarian talks with Kim’s regime
  • Pyongyang has played down prospects for improving relations
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North Korea Isn't Backing Down

South Korea proposed resuming some military and humanitarian exchanges with North Korea as President Moon Jae-in seeks to follow through on campaign pledges to pursue dialogue with Kim Jong Un. 

The Defense Ministry offered talks with Pyongyang counterparts Monday, while the National Red Cross floated reunion events for families split by decades of hostilities. The announcements came after North Korea signaled a willingness to consider Moon’s overtures, despite voicing skepticism about the prospects for a breakthrough.