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South Korea Dismisses North's 'Bogus' Military Talks

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FILE - North Korean People's Army Lt. Col. Nam Dong Ho is silhouetted against the truce village of Panmunjom at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which separates the two Koreas on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.

FILE - North Korean People's Army Lt. Col. Nam Dong Ho is silhouetted against the truce village of Panmunjom at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which separates the two Koreas on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.

South Korea has dismissed a North Korean proposal to hold military talks in late May or early June.

Seoul dismissed the proposal Monday, calling the offer a "bogus peace offensive for bogus peace that lacks sincerity."

A South Korea Defense Ministry spokesman said the North's proposal issued Saturday did not include a denuclearization plan, but was instead aimed at disrupting international cooperation on sanctions and splitting domestic public opinion.

The Defense Ministry said North Korea is responsible for raising tensions on the Korean Peninsula with its nuclear tests and missile launches.

The two Koreas share the world's most heavily fortified border since their war in the early 1950s ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. About 28,500 U.S. troops are deployed in South Korea as deterrence against North Korea.

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