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

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

The talks, if held, will mostly deal with the sudden water discharge from an upstream dam in September that caused six people dead, 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. If the talks are held, they will be centered on measures to prevent unexpected floods," the official was quoted as saying.

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."


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