"We [South Korea] make an official proposal for the North Korean government to have a conversation about mutual concerns between North and South in January next year," BBC quoted Ryoo as saying at a news conference.
According to the minister, North and South Korea should meet in any South or North Korean city to "draw up a plan for a peaceful unification."
It late October, North Korea rejected its southern neighbor's offer to hold high-level talks. According to Pyongyang, South Korea was undermining the talks by scattering propaganda leaflets at the border, while the South's unification ministry said it was not going to restrict the actions of activists and violate freedom of speech in the country.
The last high-level talks between the two Korea were held in February and resulted in an agreement to resume the reunion of family members separated during the Korean War. But the negotiations were suspended in 2010.