North Korea has proposed holding parliamentary talks with South Korea in order to soothe tensions between the two divided countries, Pyongyang's official media said Thursday.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the Supreme People's Assembly sent a letter to the South's parliament a day earlier, calling for talks between lawmakers of the two countries.
"The letter is (our) proactive volition to soothe acute conditions on the Korean Peninsula and improve relations between the South and the North," the KCNA reported.
Holding talks between the two parliaments is quite natural at a time when the two countries are heading toward launching military talks, the KCNA said.
The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea said in response that it will "review contents and properly decide a reaction after getting the letter," adding the parliament has yet to receive the letter.
The news came after the South and North agreed earlier this week to hold working-level military talks on Feb. 8 at the border village of Panmunjom to prepare for a higher ranking military meeting, possibly between defense ministers.
The preliminary military talks, if successfully held, will mark the two Koreas' first dialogue since the North's deadly artillery attack on the South's border island of Yeonpyeong that killed two marines and two civilians. (Yonhap)