North Korea urges end to hostile military acts in letter to South
Published on Jan 24, 2014 7:46 AM
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea urged an end to military hostilities on Friday in the latest in a series of apparently conciliatory gestures to South Korea, which has so far reacted with scepticism.
The latest olive branch came in the form of an "open letter" sent to the South Korean authorities by the North's top military body on the direct orders of leader Kim Jong Un.
"What is important for paving a wide avenue for mending North-South relations is to make a bold decision to stop all hostile military acts, the biggest hurdle stoking distrust and confrontation," the letter from the National Defence Commission (NDC) said.
A week earlier, the NDC had sent a series of proposals urging South Korea to cancel scheduled joint military exercises with the United States (US) and proposing a mutual moratorium on mud-slinging by the two rivals.
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