Rival Koreas find a way to avoid disaster, reach deal

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 24, 2015 at 6:51 p.m.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South and North Korea have dialed back weeks of tensions that put them on the brink of armed conflict.

Marathon talks that started Saturday have generated an accord that allows both sides to save face and avert the bloodshed they've been threatening.

Pyongyang has expressed "regret" over the fact that two South Korean soldiers were maimed in a recent land mine blast. South Korea, for its part, has agreed to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts.

The Koreas also struck an important humanitarian agreement by promising to resume next month the emotional reunions of families separated by the Korea War. The reunions are scheduled to begin next month.

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284-a-16-(John Kirby, State Department spokesman, at news conference)-"a little bit"-State Department spokesman John Kirby says the U.S. welcomes the agreement between North and South Korea to ease animosities. (24 Aug 2015)

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285-a-10-(John Kirby, State Department spokesman, at news conference)-"we welcome it"-State Department spokesman John Kirby says the U.S. is hopeful that tensions will ease between North and South Korea. (24 Aug 2015)

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018-c-06-(Hyung-jin Kim, AP correspondent)-"negotiations will be"-AP correspondent Hyung-jin Kim reports talks between North and South Korea continue, but there's still no indication of agreement in defusing a crisis that has both threatening war. (24 Aug 2015)

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019-c-15-(Hyung-jin Kim, AP correspondent)-"of his people"-AP correspondent Hyung-jin Kim reports South Korea wants an apology for a land mine attack, while North Korea wants the South to quit blasting loudspeaker propaganda across the border. (24 Aug 2015)

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