South Korean army soldiers ride on a truck in Yeoncheon, south of the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas, in South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. South Korea and North Korea agreed Saturday to hold their first high-level talks in nearly a year at a border village to defuse mounting tensions that have pushed the rivals to the brink of a possible military confrontation. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Rival Koreas hold high-level talks to defuse war fears

The closed-door meeting at Panmunjom began early Saturday evening, shortly after a deadline set by North Korea for South Korea to dismantle loudspeakers broadcasting anti-North Korean propaganda at their border, said an official from South Korea’s Unification Ministry, who didn’t want to be named because of office rules. North Korea had declared that its front-line troops were in full war readiness and prepared to go to battle if Seoul did not back down.

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