South Korea will hold Cabinet-level talks with North Korea next week as scheduled, despite the uproar over Pyongyang's missile tests, the South's Unification Ministry announced on Friday.
"The government judged that it's necessary to continue with dialogue efforts to resolve the current situation over the North's missile launch," said Lee Kwan-se, a Unification Ministry official.
The talks, to begin on Tuesday in the southern port city of Busan, are the highest-level regular talks between the two Koreas.
They were started after a historic North-South summit in 2000.
North Korea test-launched seven missiles on Wednesday.
Though the missiles landed harmlessly in the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, the tests triggered wide condemnation among countries opposed to Pyongyang's further development of missile technology.
Seoul, while criticising the launches, has pledged to continue its efforts to engage the North in dialogue rather than pushing for sanctions.
The tests, however, will be high on the agenda of the talks, which are scheduled to last until Friday, Lee said.
"Key topics for the talks will be North Korea's missile launch and its return to six-party talks," Lee said, referring to stalled negotiations on dismantling the North's nuclear weapons programme.
Pyongyang is boycotting the nuclear talks - comprising the two Koreas, China, the United States, Japan and Russia - to protest a US crackdown on its alleged counterfeiting, money-laundering and other financial crimes.
As tensions remain high on the Korean peninsula, the dividing line between the two countries remains calm.
On Friday, South Korean troops patrolled their side of the Demilitarised Zone and kept watch from vantage points overlooking their northern neighbour, just as they do at other times.
Intelligence reports led South Korea to believe that the North could have another long-range rocket at a launch site.
But officials said there was no indication yet that the missile was on the launch pad so a new test-firing was not thought to be imminent.