The South Korean government plans to respond later today, to North Korea's proposal on Friday to resume reunions of families separated since the Korean War.
While Seoul is expected to welcome Pyongyang's acceptance of its calls to hold the family meetings, the South Korean government will suggest immediate talks on the details of the event, likely to take place in mid-February.
Seoul wants to schedule the family gatherings before its annual military drills with Washington begin in late February.
South Korea will inform the North and its other neighbors about the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises next week, again reiterating the regular drills are purely for defensive purposes.
In its recent peace offensive, Pyongyang, which considers the drills a provocation, urged Seoul to cancel them.