SEOUL - North Korea on Thursday proposed officials talks with
South Korea to normalise commercial projects, including the Kaesong industrial
zone that had been shuttered at the height of tensions between the rivals in
North Korea's state-owned KCNA news agency also said the
government would restore severed communications channels if the South accepts
the offer of talks, indicating it was prepared to roll back a series of steps it
has taken since March when relations between the two sides deteriorated.