Also Monday, the South Korean Red Cross Society proposed a meeting at Panmunjom on August 1 with its North Korean counterpart, to arrange reunions of relatives in the North and South who have not seen each other since being separated during the 1950-53 Korean War.
Maginnis also pointed out that it would be tough to take out the North Korean artillery aimed at Seoul.
But Moon's overture, the first formal offer of talks since his inauguration in May, indicates he wants to use dialogue to defuse the global standoff over North Korea's weapons programs, despite having condemned the North's first intercontinental ballistic missile test on July 4 and vowed a firm response.
South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said, "Talks and cooperation between the two Koreas to ease tension and bring about peace on the Korean peninsula will be instrumental for pushing forth a mutual, virtuous cycle for inter-Korea relations and North Korea's nuclear problem".
South Korea proposed to hold an inter-Korean military talk on Friday, July 21, at Tongilgak, a North Korean building in the truce village of Panmunjom, the nation's vice defense minister, Suh Choo-suk, said at a press conference in Seoul on Monday.
Stopping hostile acts along the MDL that escalate military tensions can be a first and meaningful step, as Korea marks the 64th anniversary of the Armistice Agreement on July 27, he added. During that period, two liberal South Korean presidents went to Pyongyang and held landmark summit talks with then-leader Kim Jong Il, the father of current North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.
Observers say chances are relatively high that the North will agree to hold the military talks although it may counter-propose a date.
A mock North Korea's Scud-B missile, center left, and other South Korean missiles are displayed at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, July 17, 2017.
The armed conflict between both countries ended with a cease-fire in 1953, but no formal peace treaty was ever signed, meaning the neighbouring countries technically remain at war. But he still has not backed off from his outreach to North Korea, arguing during a recent speech that both Koreas must stop hostile activities along the border and resume family reunions. South Korea has said that the women, who worked at a North Korean restaurant in China, chose to defect to the South with their manager a year ago, but Pyongyang accused the South of kidnapping them.
President Moon Jae-in's overture Monday clearly showed again that he prefers diplomacy over pressure or economic sanctions to try to improve ties between the two Koreas and persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons program.
The South pointed out that she came here at her own decision and there's no legal ground to send her back, while the North says she has changed her mind to return to the North. It conducted the first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) earlier this month, claiming to have mastered the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on the missile.