South Korean officials tell CNN that they're reviewing a call for resumption of talks between Pyongyang and Seoul that was published by North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency Friday.
The statement from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea suggested several steps that could be taken to calm tension between north and south.
It expressed a desire for "settling the grave situation prevailing in Korea as early as possible and paving the way for improved relations between the north and the south and peace and prosperity."
The statement cited both patriotism and "public opinion at home and abroad" as reasons that dialogue should be resumed.
Officials are working to understand the motivation behind the statement, a spokesman for South Korea's Unification Ministry said. High-level officials will hold an internal meeting Saturday to analyze it.FULL STORY