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Two Koreas resume talks

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South and North Korea reopened talks Sunday at 3: 30 p.m. on Sunday to try to defuse heightened tension on the Peninsula.

National Security Adviser Kim Kwan-jin and Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo met the North's Kim Yang-gon, the top official in charge of South Korean affairs for the North, and Hwang Pyong-so, director of the general political department of North Korea's military for a second day at Panmunjeom.

The South is reportedly demanding that the North apologize with a clear expression of who is responsible for the recent aggressions along the Demilitarized Zone. The North reportedly is denying its role in the Aug. 4 landmine blast in the Demilitarized Zone.

Even as the sides engaged in a second day of talks, tension continued. About 70 percent of North Korean submarines were seen away from their base, and South Korea continued its loudspeaker propaganda.

Officials from the two sides talked for more than 10 hours on Saturday and way into Sunday morning without reaching an agreement.

The inter-Korean high-level contact Saturday came just a few hours before the North's deadline for the South to stop the propaganda broadcasts along the border and and remove loudspeakers before 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Kim Ji-soo


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