S Korea: North proposes holding military talks

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea says North Korea has proposed working-level military talks in what would be the first official contact between the two countries since February.

The overture comes amid heightened tensions over North Korea's move to reassemble its nuclear program.

A South Korean Defense Ministry official says North Korea sent a message Thursday proposing the talks. The official said Friday that the government is discussing whether to accept it. He declined to give his name in line with ministry policy.

The talks would be the first official contact since President Lee Myung-bak's conservative, pro-U.S. government took office in February.

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