Talks Continue To Deescalate Tensions In Korea

Kim Kwan-jin, Hong Yong-pyo, Hwang Pyong So, Kim Yang Gon
In this photo provided by the South Korean Unification Ministry, South Korean National Security Director, Kim Kwan-jin, right, and Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo, second from right, shake hands with Hwang Pyong So, left, North Korea' top political officer for the Korean People's Army, and Kim Yang Gon, a senior North Korean official responsible for South Korean affairs, during their meeting at the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. South Korea and North Korea agreed Saturday to hold their first high-level talks in nearly a year at a border village to defuse mounting tensions that have pushed the rivals to the brink of a possible military confrontation. (The South Korean Unification Ministry via AP)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Diplomacy continues in the border village of Panmunjom where senior officials from North and South Korea have begun a second round of talks to reduce tensions that have led the countries to the brink of military confrontation.

 

At the same time, South Korea’s military says it detected unusual troop and submarine movements in North Korea that indicate Pyongyang is strengthening its capacity for a possible strike.

 

The talks were held shortly after a Saturday deadline set by North Korea for the South to dismantle loudspeakers broadcasting anti-North Korean propaganda at their border. North Korea had declared that its front-line troops were in full war readiness and prepared to go to battle if Seoul did not back down.

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