2 Koreas to hold military talks amid tension
Working-level military officers from North Korea and South Korea were to meet Monday to discuss improving their lines of communication amid strained ties between the divided nations, an official said. It would be the second official talks between the rival Koreas since a pro-US, conservative government was inaugurated in Seoul in February with a pledge to get tougher on the North. The first meeting also was held between the countries' military officers in early October but ended without much progress. The North used the meeting to criticize South Korean civic activists for sending propaganda leaflets critical of its communist regime across the Korean border, threatening to expel South Koreans working at joint projects in the North in retaliation. On Monday, the sides planned to meet in a location inside the demilitarized zone bisecting the Korean peninsula to discuss how to overhaul and upgrade military communication lines between the countries, a South Korean Defense Ministry official said.
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