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Koreas Hold First Military Talks In Two Years


A group of North Koreans visit their side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas on September 29.
North and South Korea have held their first military talks in two years.

Officers from the two sides met today in the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula.

Officials said the meeting, initiated by Pyongyang, ended without any tangible results.

Tensions between the two rivals are high since March, when a South Korean military vessel was sunk, killing 46 sailors.

North Korea denies it torpedoed the ship, as Seoul and the United States contend.

At today's meeting, Seoul failed to convince Pyongyang to apologize for the incident.

The meeting comes on the heels of an extraordinary party meeting in secretive North Korea at which many observers believe the stage was set for the eventual succession of leader Kim Jong Il by a young son, Kim Jong Un. The elder Kim, 68, is thought to have suffered a stroke in 2008.

compiled from agency reports