01/04/2018 16:03 EST | Updated 01/04/2018 16:24 EST

Seoul says both Koreas have agreed to hold talks on Tuesday

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — A Seoul official says both Koreas have agreed to hold their first talks in more than two years next Tuesday.

Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said Friday that North Korea has accepted Seoul's offer to meet at the border village of Panmunjom that day to discuss how to co-operate on next month's Winter Olympics and how to improve overall ties.

The announcement came hours after the United States said it has agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics. The Games are to be held in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.

The rival Koreas are seeking to improve their strained ties after a period of rising tension over the North's push to expand its nuclear and missile arsenals.