S. Korea Mulls Over Denuclearization Talks with DPRK
Source: Xinhua News (1/24/11)
"S. Korea accepted DPRK's proposal to hold inter-Korean military talks."
South Korea has accepted the DPRK's proposal last week to hold high-ranking inter-Korean military talks to discuss pending military issues, including its alleged torpedo attack and shelling of a South Korean border island, and is mulling separate talks between high-ranking government officials from the two sides to discuss denuclearization.
The defense ministry also said it plans to propose a date for a working-level meeting this week to prepare for the high-ranking military talks Pyongyang proposed.
"Ministries concerned are currently discussing details of the proposals," ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong-ju told reporters in a press briefing, without further divulging.
The talks, if held, will mark the first major contact between the two estranged neighbors after they suspended nearly all exchanges following a series of military provocations by Pyongyang.
They would also follow the recent summit between the Chinese and U.S. leaders, who called for improved inter-Korean ties and Pyongyang's commitment to its pledges of denuclearization.