Seoul, Jan 28 (Agencies): In the latest diplomatic proposals towards Seoul, North Korea on Friday offered for holding parliamentary talks with South Korea.

However, South Korea quickly dismissed the overture, saying that the two sides were already discussing a preliminary meeting for high-level defence talks.

The two countries have been in a standoff following the North Korea’s November shelling of a South Korean island and its alleged attack on a South Korean warship in March.

After months of acrimony, the North's Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of Korea proposed that lawmakers from the rivals talk to overcome the "grave situation" on the divided peninsula.

"Dialogue and negotiations are the only way for averting a war," the North said in a statement carried by its official Korean Central News Agency.

The latest overture comes two days after South Korea proposed holding a preliminary meeting with North Korea on February 11 to lay the groundwork for high-level defence talks.

South Korea has recently pressed North Korea to accept separate talks with Seoul to verify its commitment to abandoning its nuclear programmes.

The North has yet to respond to Seoul's demand.