March 18, 2011 09:07
North Korea on Thursday proposed talks about the risk of an eruption of Mt. Baekdu to South Korea. A Unification Ministry spokesman said the head of the North's earthquake bureau sent a letter to the director of the Korea Meteorological Administration here proposing talks about a cooperation project including joint research on Mt. Baekdu, an on-site survey and seminars.
A senior South Korean government official said Seoul will consider the request "positively."
The offer is apparently part of a fresh charm offensive following a period of belligerence. Earlier talks between the two sides collapsed last month when the North refused to apologize for attacks on the Navy corvette Cheonan and Yeonpyeong Island last year.
Mt. Baekdu erupted in 946, 1688, 1702, and 1903 but is unlikely to do so again in the near future, experts believe.
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