North and South Korea agree to meet for talks

The talks will be the Koreas' first government-level negotiations since South Korean President Park Geun-hye took office in February

North and South Korea have agreed to hold their first government discussions in years raising hopes of improved relation on the peninsula.

The announcement today came hours after North Korea said it was open to talks. The North said could set the time and venue, and South Korean Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae proposed that the talks occur June 12 in Seoul.

The talks will be the Koreas' first government-level negotiations since South Korean President Park Geun-hye took office in February.

Pyongyang had said it was willing to hold talks on reopening the Kaesong factory park, which was run with North Korean workers and South Korean managers. It's also willing to talk about resuming reunions of families separated by war, and resuming South Korean tours to a mountain resort.

Additional reporting by AP

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