Seoul on Wednesday proposed Red Cross talks on March 12 to North Korea to discuss making reunions of families separated by the Korean War a regular fixture.
In a press briefing, Unification Ministry deputy spokeswoman Park Soo-jin said, "We hope the North will respond quickly to the proposal in consideration of the anxieties of separated families."
President Park Geun-hye instructed her Cabinet the previous day to talk with the North about making the family reunions a regular event.
Meanwhile, Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said there has been notable progress in steering relations with North Korea onto a more rational keel. Ryoo was speaking at a seminar in Seoul on Wednesday.
"As a result of our persistent persuasion of the North over the past year, we've achieved small but meaningful results," he said.