North, South Korea agree to defuse crisis after marathon talks

South Korean soldiers ride a military truck on the road leading to the truce village of Panmunjom in the border city of Paju on August 24, 2015North and South Korea reached agreement Tuesday, following marathon talks, on ending a tense military stand-off that had pushed the two rivals to the brink of armed conflict. In a joint accord, the North “expressed regret” over recent mine blasts that maimed two South Korean soldiers, while the South agreed to switch off loudspeakers blasting propaganda messages across the border. The speakers will be silenced at midday (0300 GMT) Tuesday, at which time the North will lift a “semi-war state” declared last week by leader Kim Jong-Un.

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