Two Koreas to hold high-level talks as North Korea deadline looms

A truck carrying South Korean soldiers passes through the border village of Yeoncheon near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), on August 22, 2015 (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)
South and North Korea agreed to hold top-level talks on Saturday as a North Korean deadline loomed for Seoul to halt loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts across the border or face military action.
Four high-ranking officials will meet at the border truce village of Panmunjon at 6:00pm (0900 GMT), a spokeswoman for the presidential Blue House in Seoul told AFP.
The agreement over the dialogue came just hours before the North\’s ultimatum on the cross-border broadcasts expires at 5:00pm Pyongyang time (0830 GMT).
The South side will be represented by Unification Minister Hong Young-Pyo and the head of the National Security Office Kim Kwan-Jin.
The North will send its military\’s top political official, Hwang Pyong-So, who is widely seen as leader Kim Jong-Un\’s number two, and Worker\’s Party Secretary Kim Yong-Gon, who is in charge of relations with the South.

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