SEOUL, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- South Korea offered on Tuesday to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to hold working- level dialogue on resuming tours to Mount Kumgang on Oct. 2, a week later than the date suggested earlier by Seoul.
The South Korean government sent a notice via communication lines in the truce village of Panmunjom at around 2:10 p.m. local time to hold working-level talks on the cited date at the scenic mountain resort in DPRK's east coast, according to Yonhap News Agency.
The proposed date was a week later than the date of Sept. 25 that Seoul originally suggested. In response to the original proposal, the DPRK had made a counterproposal to hold such talks in late August or early September.
Seoul has claimed that the issue of restarting the Mount Kumgang tour should be addressed separately with the issue of reunion of families separated by the Korean War (1950-53), hinting that it intended to deal with the tour issue only after completing the family reunion event.
The two Koreas agreed to hold the family reunion event for six days starting Sept. 25 in Mount Kumgang.