North Korea's military today proposed holding direct talks with US forces to work towards ensuring security on the Korean Peninsula. The request came amid progress on resolving the nuclear stand-off between the two countries. Tomorrow, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency will be the first inspection team entering North Korea in nearly five years. The chief US envoy wants the north’s nuclear reactor completely disabled by year's end, and UN inspectors are optimistic they can supervise the shut-down. Former US Ambassador Donald Gregg is chairman of the Korea Society which promotes dialogue between the US and both Koreas.