NKorea proposes working-level talks with SKorea

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye, center, salutes to a national flag during a 58th Memorial Day ceremony at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is proposing working-level meetings with rival South Korea in the North Korean border city of Kaesong on Sunday.

The statement issued by Pyongyang also said it would reopen on Friday a Red Cross communication line that the North shut down in March during high tensions with North Korean threats of war and South Korean counter-threats.

The two countries had agreed Thursday to hold talks on reopening a jointly run factory complex and possibly other issues. The South has proposed government-level talks be held Wednesday.

The easing tension comes ahead of a U.S.-China summit in which the North is expected to be a key topic.