S.Korea to soon propose nuclear talks with North

The meeting will be proposed separately from high-level military talks between the rival Koreas.

S.Korea to soon propose nuclear talks with North

South Korea will soon propose holding talks with the North that could pave the way for a resumption of six-party negotiations, an official said on Monday.

The meeting will be proposed separately from high-level military talks between the rival Koreas.

Last week the North accepted the South's terms for talks.

"As soon as (internal) discussions conclude, we will be making a proposal to the North on high-level military talks and also official meetings on denuclearisation," said Unification Ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-ju.

"We need to look more at whether we can make the proposals for those talks at the same time or with a time differential," Lee told a briefing.

A South Korean Defence Ministry official said on Monday a set of working-level talks will probably take place in mid-February to set the dates, venue and agenda for a high-level military meeting, and the South's proposal will likely be made this week.

"The government continues to hold the position that we need to check how serious the North is about denuclearisation," said Lee of the Unification Ministry.

Washington and Beijing, the two key players in the six-party process, have argued that North-South dialogue is a prerequisite for a resumption of the talks also involving the two Koreas, Russia and China.



Reuters

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