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Koreas in marathon talks to end military standoff

Senior officials from South Korea (R) and North Korea (L) meet for urgent talks on August 22, 2015 as a crisis on the penisula escalated to the brink of armed conflictTop-level North and South Korean negotiators talked through the night with no sign of an agreement Monday for ending a military standoff that has threatened to boil over into armed conflict. The second round was clouded by South Korean claims that the North was seeking to influence the negotiating process with provocative military movements. South Korea’s defence ministry said the North had doubled its artillery units at the border and deployed two-thirds of its total submarine fleet — or around 50 vessels — outside their bases.

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