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North Korea proposes 'complete halt' to hostilities with South Korea

North Korea's National Defense Commission issued a proposal on Monday urging South Korea to take steps to cease "hostile military activities."

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JC Finley
South Korean military watch-towers and a cordon of double-barbed wire fences line the Imjingang River that flows from North Korea through the Demilitarized Zone and down into Seoul on January 29, 2013. (UPI/Stephen Shaver)
South Korean military watch-towers and a cordon of double-barbed wire fences line the Imjingang River that flows from North Korea through the Demilitarized Zone and down into Seoul on January 29, 2013. (UPI/Stephen Shaver) | License Photo

PYONGYANG, North Korea, June 30 (UPI) -- North Korea proposed on Monday a "complete halt" to "all hostile military activities" with South Korea.

The North's National Defense Commission urged South Korea to cancel joint military drills with the United States scheduled for August and to stop "attracting" U.S. military equipment in the region. The North also called on the South to cease firing drills and sea incursions near the disputed maritime border.

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"We are ready for the implementation of the February deal at any moment," the commission also noted Monday.

In February, both North and South agreed during high-level talks to stop slandering each other. North Korean media are infamous for personal attacks. In late April, North Korean state media described South Korean President Park Geun-hye a "prostitute" and U.S. President Barack Obama her "powerful pimp."

The North's proposal comes ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Seoul later this week.

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