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North, South Korea on high alert amid talks to end standoff

Pyongyang deploys twice the usual artillery strength at the border; Seoul says it has no plans to halt propaganda broadcasts

South Korea Marines patrolling on the South-controlled island of Yeonpyeong; tensions began early this month when two South Korean soldiers were wounded by landmines along the border.


TOP aides to the leaders of North and South Korea negotiated into the evening on Sunday after talking through the previous night to try to ease tensions involving an exchange of artillery fire that brought the peninsula to the brink of armed conflict.

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