United States diplomat on North Korea to meet with Myanmar leaders

South Korea is willing to put North's first intercontinental ballistic missile test aside and work together with the DPRK to ease heightening tensions and resume reuniting families who were separated by their war in the 1950s, according to Fox news.

Seoul also offered a separate meeting between the two sides' Red Cross officials to arrange a fresh round of reunions for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War on the Chuseok holiday on October 4, which is also the 10th anniversary of an inter-Korean peace declaration.

The United States' special representative for North Korea policy is visiting Myanmar this week to intensify US efforts in curtailing revenue for the Kim Jong Un regime. South Korea's Red Cross said on Monday, July 17, 2017, it wants separate talks at the border village on August 1 to discuss family reunions. "They can signal to the other side what they want, what problems or issues they have with the other side", said Daniel Pinkston, a North Korea analyst with Troy University in Seoul.

The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un celebrates the successful test of the Hwasong-14 missile.

He singled out a group of 12 who fled while working at a North Korean restaurant in China previous year, and Kim Ryon-hui, a defector who requested to go back to her homeland in 2015.

Officials of the Korean Red Cross receive phone calls at their headquarters in Jung District, Seoul, on Monday after the South Korean agency proposed inter-Korean talks on materializing separated family reunion sessions.

Moon has said he will use both dialogue and pressure to resolve the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

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Japan's government spokesman says this is a moment to raise pressure on North Korea - not a time for dialogue. But how? Washington announced a $1 billion plus arms deal with Taiwan and sent a USA warship on a freedom of navigation/right of innocent passage voyage, passing within 12 miles of a Chinese island base in the South China Sea, eliciting strong protests from Beijing, but that's not almost enough to persuade the Chinese to take action to prevent what they themselves say is the risk of events spiraling out of control with catastrophic results that neither of us want.

The latest missile test - which Kim described as a "gift" to the Americans - was seen as a milestone in Pyongyang's quest to build a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that can hit the U.S. mainland. "There will be a response from North Korea".

The two Koreas have been divided since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

North Korea once again urged Seoul to ditch its pro-U.S. stance, saying it was the "starting point" of improved relations with the regime.

"Once that is established, then both sides can understand what the other is seeking".

Outside experts believe the South Korean broadcasts and leaflets sting in Pyongyang more because the authoritarian country worries that the broadcasts will demoralize front-line troops and residents and eventually weaken the grip of absolute leader Kim Jong Un.

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