South and North Korea have begun their first military talks since 2008 in an effort to relax tensions between the nations after a naval disaster, the South Korean Defence Ministry has said.

North Korea had proposed discussing the dispute about extending the northern limit line along the sea border and the issue of anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the frontier.

Meanwhile, South Korea proposed to focus the talks on the North’s alleged involvement in the sinking of Seoul’s warship in March, according to Agence France Presse.

The Northern Limit Line in the Yellow Sea was drawn unilaterally by UN forces at the end of the 1950-53 war, and naval clashes that occured in the zone in 1999, 2002 and 2009.