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N.Korea proposes reconciliation with S.Korea

North Korea has proposed an end to all military hostilities with the South.

The North's National Defense Commission made the special proposal on Monday.

It requested that the 2 Koreas cease slander against each other and all military hostilities beginning this Friday. This includes US-South Korea joint military exercises scheduled for August.

The proposal said that nuclear deterrence is a shared asset of the Korean people. It said the South should not deny that fact and side with foreign powers.

It also stressed the importance of inter-Korean relations, saying the only way for unification is for the South to give the same race priority over foreign powers.

The proposal came ahead of a planned visit on Thursday by Chinese President Xi Jinping to South Korea for talks with President Park Geun-hye.

The North's leadership has increasingly been weary of Seoul's deepening ties with Beijing, and the move is an apparent attempt to keep the two nations summit meeting in check.

Jun. 30, 2014 - Updated 13:43 UTC