North-South Korea agree for talks amid warlike situation

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Seol: With warlike situations arising between North and South Korea, the agreement to meet for dialogue comes amid high tensions, following an exchange of artillery fire and an ultimatum set by the North.

North Korea declared a “quasi-state of war” on Friday and issued an ultimatum that its forces would conduct “military operations to destroy” the South’s loudspeakers unless they were withdrawn by 5pm local time.

In an effort to defuse the situation, representatives of Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to meet at 6pm local time at Panmunjom, the border village where the armistice in the 1950-53 Korean War was signed.

South Korea said that it would be represented by national security adviser Kim Kwang-jin and Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo, and the North would send senior officials Hwang Pyong-so and Kim Yong-gon.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has called for restraint from both sides and urged for dialogue as a means to resolve tensions. US is also keeping a close watch on the developments of the situation.

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