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N. Korea offers talks with South

Update: November, 20/2015 - 11:00

SEOUL — North Korea on Friday proposed working-level talks with South Korea next week, apparently aimed at setting up a high-level dialogue that the two rivals had agreed to in August.

The North's official KCNA news agency said the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, which handles relations with the South, had sent Seoul a notice proposing initial talks on November 26 at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

The notice was received by the Unification Ministry in Seoul, which said it was studying the offer.

If the meeting goes ahead, it will be the first governmental interaction since officials met in Panmunjom in August to seek their way out of a crisis that had pushed both sides to the brink of an armed conflict.

Those talks ended with a joint agreement that included a commitment to resume high-level talks, although no precise timeline was given.

A Unification Ministry official said Seoul had sent talks proposals to Pyongyang in September and October but, until now, had received no response. — AFP

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