The foreign Minister of North Korea ri Yong Ho dismissed the recent proposal of South Korea on the talks, calling it insincere, reports “Yonhap”. A short meeting ri Yong Ho and his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyong Hwa took place in Manila on the sidelines of an Asian security forum in Manila on Sunday, 6 August.
Lee Yong-Ho had in mind made in July, the proposal of the President of South Korea moon Jae-Ins to hold military talks for easing cross-border tension and meetings at the red cross, designed to resume the reunion of families separated by the Korean war of 1950-53.
It is expected that both Ministers will take part in the annual ASEAN Regional forum to be held later on Monday, August 7th. There will be a speech about security issues, in particular, about the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Relations between the two Koreas remain virtually frozen amid heightened tensions caused by a series of nuclear and missile tests by Pyongyang.
On 5 August the UN security Council passed a resolution toughening sanctions against the DPRK. Now North Korea is prohibited from exporting coal, iron, lead, and seafood. Accounts of the Bank for foreign trade of the DPRK frozen North Korean vessels that violated UN resolutions, denied entry to the ports of all States.
The proposal to impose new sanctions against North Korea were made by the United States. In Washington explained this response to the launches of Intercontinental ballistic missiles by Pyongyang.
On July 29, the DPRK confirmed the launch of a ballistic missile “And 14”. KCNA said the test posed no threat to neighboring countries, however, is “a stern warning for the United States.” July 4, Russia and China issued a joint initiative of proposing to the DPRK to declare a moratorium on nuclear tests and missile launches, and South Korea and the United States to refrain from conducting large-scale military exercises in the region. Washington’s offer was ignored.