N. Korea, US-led UN Command meet amid rising tension

August 10, 2010 15:46

SEOUL, South Korea — Military officers from North Korea and the American-led UN Command met Tuesday for talks on the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship, a day after the North escalated already-high tensions by firing a barrage of artillery into the sea.

North Korea fired about 110 rounds Monday near its disputed western sea border with South Korea, shortly after Seoul ended five-day naval drills staged in response to the March sinking of its Cheonan warship. North Korea has been blamed for the vessel's destruction, which killed 46 sailors.

Colonel-level officers from the US-led UN Command and North Korea held talks at the border village of Panmunjom to discuss the sinking, said US spokesman David Oten.

The artillery shells fired Monday landed in the North's waters and caused no damage, according to Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff. South Korea warned Pyongyang over the firing by radio.

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