North Korea on Monday proposed that military officials from the two sides hold talks on March 2 on ways to ease access to a joint industrial estate just north of the border.
South Korea's Defence Ministry said it received a request from the North on Monday for talks on March 2 related to the passage of people and material to a joint factory park located in the North's border city of Kaesong. The South has yet to respond.
Recent military talks have focused on a sea border off the west coast set unilaterally by U.S.-led U.N. forces at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War and declared invalid by the North.
Meanwhile, South Korea's navy will deploy eight more advanced maritime patrol aircraft this year to guard against any military threats from North Korea or elsewhere, the navy said Monday.
The first of eight refurbished P-3CK aircraft from the United States will be delivered to a naval unit on Tuesday, a navy statement said.
The countries' disputed Yellow Sea border has been tense since a firefight last November left a North Korean patrol boat in flames. In late January the North fired some 370 shells into the sea near the borderline.
Last week it announced new naval firing zones off its shores, banning shipping from them until Monday, although no firing has so far been reported.
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