REFILE-S.Korea proposes military talks with N.Korea on July 21


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    SEOUL, July 17 (Reuters) - South Korea proposed military
talks with North Korea, the first since 2015, and a halt to
hostile activities near the inter-Korean border, the South's
vice defence minister said on Monday, after a series of missile
tests by the North in recent weeks.
    "We request military talks with the North on July 21 at
Tongilgak to stop all hostile activities that raise military
tension at the military demarcation line," Vice Defence Minister
Suh Choo-suk told a media briefing.
    Tongilgak is a North Korean building at Panmunjom used for
previous talks. The last government-level talks were held in
December 2015.
    The proposal came roughly a week after President Moon Jae-in
said the need for dialogue with North Korea was more pressing
than ever to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.

 (Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Paul Tait)
 ((christine.kim@thomsonreuters.com; 822 3704 5665; Reuters
Messaging: christine.kim.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))


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