Korea Deal: N. Says Sorry, South Cuts Propaganda

Deal struck after marathon 30 hours of talks to deescalate tensions
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 24, 2015 1:26 PM CDT
Korea Deal: N. Says Sorry, South Cuts Propaganda
A South Korean army soldier checks a driver identity at a check point on Unification Bridge, which leads to the demilitarized zone, near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Marathon negotiations by senior officials from the Koreas stretched into a third day on...   (Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea says it has agreed to halt propaganda broadcasts in a matter of hours after North Korea expressed regret over a recent land mine blast that maimed two South Korean troops, and CNN reports that it will lift its "semi-state of war." South Korean national security adviser Kim Kwan-jin made the announcement in a televised briefing, after more than 30 hours of talks with North Korea ended. The talks were the second round of negotiations the rival Koreas began Saturday after events at their heavily guarded border pushed them to the brink of a possible military confrontation. Kim says the two Koreas have also agreed to hold talks to improve their ties soon in either Seoul or Pyongyang. Meanwhile, 50 North Korean submarines have reportedly gone missing. (More South Korea stories.)

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