South Korea proposed two sets of working-level talks with North Korea on Monday but said it has no plan to resume high-level dialogue with its communist neighbor to deal with broader issues of reconciliation.
The seemingly contradictory moves reflect Seoul's stance that it is unwilling to fully restore frayed ties with the North unless Pyongyang signs on to a deal to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs.
South Korea has sought to limit any inter-Korean talks to individual issues. One of its meeting proposals for this week is to discuss flood prevention and the other is to seek ways to reunite separated families.
The South proposed that working-level officials of the two sides meet Wednesday at a North Korean border city to discuss how to prevent floods in the Imjin River running through their heavily armed border, Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung said.