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North Korea proposes suspension of military hostilities

Published on Jun 30, 2014 10:01 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Monday proposed that the two Koreas halt hostile military activities from later this week - an apparent show of its desire for peace before a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The surprise suggestion from the North's top military body, the National Defence Commission (NDC), was made hours after Pyongyang confirmed its second missile test in recent days.

"Let's show all Koreans and the world a resolute decision to completely stop all military hostile acts of pushing the North-South relations to the brink of a war," the commission said in a statement reported by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The North is ready to suspend all acts of verbal provocation and slander from Friday, and urged the South to reciprocate, it said.

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