North Korea proposes talks with South

  • North Korea on Thursday proposed official talks with South Korea on the jointly-run Kaesong industrial zone that was shut down at the height of tensions between the two nations in April.

    According to North Korea's state-owned KCNA news agency, the government will also restore severed communications channels if the South accepts the offer.

    "We propose holding talks between authorities of the North and South for the normalization of the operation in the Kaesong Industrial Zone (KIZ) and the resumption of tours to Mt. Kumgang. Such humanitarian issues such as the reunion of separated families and their relatives can be discussed at the talks, if necessary," said a KRT news reader, quoting the statement by the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK).

    South Korea has in the past suggested holding talks with the North on reopening the Kaesong industrial zone, which is located in North Korea and a major source of revenue for Pyongyang.

    North Korea pulled out its workers after relations with the South soured in following its February 12 nuclear test.

    Since March, North Korea has threatened to attack the South as well as US military bases in the Pacific using its missile and nuclear arsenal.

    It is not yet clear whether Seoul will accept North Korea's offer.

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