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NK official: S. Korea will take lesson from latest stand-off

All Headlines 18:29 August 25, 2015

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Yonhap) -- A top North Korean official said Tuesday the just-ended military crisis on the peninsula must have taught South Korea an important lesson not to cook up a story about provocations by the North.

Speaking to domestic audiences via a state television, Hwang Pyong-so, director of the general political bureau of the North's troops, said it's fortunate anyway for the two sides to create a new mood of improving bilateral ties through their joint efforts.

Hwang led the North's delegation to nearly three days of negotiations with South Korea represented by Kim Kwan-jin, President Park Geun-hye's chief security aide,

The two Koreas reached a deal on a few measures to diffuse tensions, including Pyongyang's expression of regret over the Aug. 4 landmine blasts in the Demilitarized Zone that maimed two South Korean soldiers. In turn, the South suspended anti-Pyongyang broadcasts using loudspeakers along the border.

"Through North-South emergency high-level contact this time, the South must have learned a serious lesson that it will bring an armed clash if it creates a groundless case and provoke the other side," he said, appearing on Korean Central Television.

He did not specify, but he was apparently referring to the South's assertion that the North was responsible for the landmine attack.
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