South Korea has proposed holding military talks with the North, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang's long-range missile test.
If they were to go ahead, they would be the first high-level talks since 2015.
A senior official said talks should aim to stop "all hostile activities that raise military tension" at the fortified border between the Koreas.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has long signalled he wants closer engagement with the North.
North Korea has not responded to the South's proposal yet.
In a recent speech in Berlin, Mr Moon said dialogue with the North was more pressing than ever and called for a peace treaty to be signed.
He said such dialogue was crucial for those who seek the end of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.
However, the North's frequent missile tests, including the most recent one of an intercontinental ballistic missile, are in consistent viSouth Korea's Vice Defence Minister Suh Choo-suk told a media briefing that talks could be held at Tongilgak, a North Korean building in the Panmunjom compound in the demilitarised zone between the two countries, which was used to host previous talks.
He proposed that the talks be held on 21 July, and said: "We expect a positive response from the North."
South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon also urged the restoration of communication hotlines between the two Koreas, cut last year after a North Korean nuclear test.olation of UN resolutions and have alarmed its neighbours and the US.