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(3rd LD) Koreas resume high-level talks on easing tensions

All Headlines 16:19 August 23, 2015

(ATTN: UPDATES with resumption of talks)

SEOUL, Aug. 23 (Yonhap) -- South and North Korea resumed rare high-level talks on defusing heightened tensions, Cheong Wa Dae said Sunday, as Pyongyang appears to be gearing up for possible strikes against Seoul.

The talks are under way between South Korea's National Security Adviser Kim Kwan-jin and Hwang Pyong-so, the North Korean military's top political officer, at the border village of Panmunjom that separates the two Koreas, South Korea's presidential office said.

Hong Yong-pyo, Seoul's point man on Pyongyang, and his northern counterpart, Kim Yang-gon, joined the talks.

The top officials resumed the talks more than 13 hours after they paused the session to "review each other's position." On Saturday, the two sides had marathon negotiations through early Sunday morning to discuss how to resolve the crisis and how to improve inter-Korean relations.

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