S Korea proposes inter-Korean talks on preventing border river flooding

13:18, October 12, 2009      

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South Korea proposed the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to hold talks on ways to prevent flooding on the Imjin River, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency said Monday.

The talks, if held, will mostly deal with the sudden water discharge from an upstream dam in September that caused six people dead and ways to prevent further unexpected floods, the media said, quoting its source official.

"We plan to deliver a letter (as soon as possible) to propose to hold the talks in the city of Kaesong," Chun Hae-sung, unification ministry's spokesperson, said at a press briefing.

The letter, sent under the name of Seoul's Land and Transport Minister Chung Jong-hwan, was forwarded to Pak Song-nam, head of the DPRK's Ministry of Land and Environmental Conservation, he said.

On Sept. 5, the DPRK's abrupt discharge of its dam water led to death of six South Koreans who had been camping near the Imjin River.

Although South Korea asked for an apology for the discharge, the DPRK kept saying it was forced to open the floodgates to lower the water level, which Seoul did not consider "sufficient."

Source: Xinhua
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