South Korea seeks rare talks with North to ease military tensions

Seoul’s defence ministry wants to reboot moribund diplomacy as Red Cross renews attempts to reunite Korean families

South Korea has offered to hold rare military talks with the North to ease tensions after Pyongyang’s first intercontinental ballistic missile test earlier this month.

Monday’s offer, the first since South Korea elected the moderate Moon Jae-In as president, came as the Red Cross in Seoul proposed a separate meeting to discuss the reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean war.

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