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North Korea makes fresh call for improved ties with South

Published on Jul 7, 2014 8:58 AM
 
In a file photo taken on April 26, 2013, South Korean soldiers patrol along a military fence near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju. North Korea issued another call on Monday for a lowering of military tensions with South Korea, even as leader Kim Jong Un oversaw firing drills on an island near the sensitive maritime border. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea issued another call on Monday for a lowering of military tensions with South Korea, even as leader Kim Jong Un oversaw firing drills on an island near the sensitive maritime border.

A government statement carried by the official KCNA news agency said it was time to end "reckless hostility and confrontation" and called on Seoul to scrap its annual joint military drills with the United States.

Last week the North's top military body had called for both sides to halt all hostile military activities - a suggestion Seoul dismissed as "nonsensical" in the light of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

The latest offer is also likely to receive short shrift, as South Korea has repeatedly made it clear that the annual joint drills are non-negotiable.

 
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