South Korea on Saturday offered to send a delegation of five officials led by a cabinet minister to rare talks with North Korea next week.
The offer comes a day after the two Koreas agreed to hold their first official dialogue in more than two years to discuss North Korea's participation in the South Korean Winter Olympics next month.
The initial rapprochement came after North Korean President Kim Jong-un warned in his New Year message that there was a nuclear button on his desk but also said Pyongyang could send a team to participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.
Seoul responded by offering talks and confirmed earlier this week the resumption of the hotline between the two neighbors after being suspended for nearly two years.
The South Korean unification ministry said on Saturday that South Korea had proposed that Unification Minister Zhou Myung-gyeon be head of the delegation at the meeting in Panmunjom village next Tuesday.
The South Korean minister will be accompanied by four other officials, including two vice ministers, one of whom is responsible for the sport, South Korea said, while the two Koreas discussed the size and composition of the delegations by fax.
"We are told by the North side that no response will be issued today," Yonhap quoted a Unification Ministry official as saying.
Kim Jong-un said in his New Year address that his country wished the success of the February 9-25 Games.
On Saturday, North Korea's representative to the International Olympic Committee said his country would likely participate in the Games, Kyodo News reported.
The two Koreas have a border that has the world's largest military build-up since the end of the Korean War in 1953.
North Korea has conducted several missile tests and a sixth nuclear test in the past few months, the strongest in violating international resolutions banning such an Asian country. C