SEOUL (Reuters) - Defence ministers from South Korea and China will hold talks in Beijing in February amid growing regional tension sparked by North Koreas nuclear programmes and hostile acts, South Koreas defence ministry said on Sunday. South Koreas Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin and his Chinese counterpart Liang Guanglie plan to meet in Beijing in February. Details of the meeting agenda have not been discussed yet, a spokesperson for South Koreas ministry said. Tensions have risen to their highest in decades on the divided Korean peninsula after the North bombarded a South Korean island last month, and revealed major advances in its nuclear programme. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in November appointed Kim as new defence minister after Kims predecessor resigned after criticism of what was perceived as a weak response to aggression from the North, including a submarine attack in March and the shelling of Yeonpyeong island last month. NKorea has threatened a nuclear sacred war and South Korea vowed a merciless counterattack against any fresh provocations as both sides sharpened their rhetoric after military exercises in the South. Pyongyang has offered to re-admit UN inspectors concerned about its nuclear weapons programme, prompting speculation that six-party talks including the North may resume, and the worst of the most recent crisis may be over.