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Agreement reached between North and South Korea after more than two days of talks

South Korean army soldiers ride on trucks in Paju, south of the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas
South Korean army soldiers ride on trucks in Paju, south of the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas

Agreement has been reached between North and South Korea after more than two days of talks to end a stand-off involving an exchange of artillery fire that had pushed tensions between the rivals to a recent high

South Korea's presidential Blue House said the talks ended at 12:55am local time (5pm Irish time) and that the chief of the South Korean president's national security office would make a statement when he returns to Seoul from Panmunjom, the border village where the talks were held.

The discussions were aimed at de-escalating sky-high military tensions, which triggered a rare artillery exchange over the border last week, after which North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ordered his frontline troops onto a war-footing.

Earlier North Korea has deployed amphibious landing crafts carrying special forces to the frontline as the country keeps up its tight combat readiness despite on-going inter-Korean talks to defuse military tension, military sources said Monday.

About 10 North Korean air-cushioned landing crafts have left their home base in Cholsan, North Pyongan Province, and come forward to a naval base, located about 60 kilometers north of the Northern Limit Line, the de facto inter-Korean border in the Yellow Sea, the sources said.

"Since North Korea declared a semi-war state, its invasion vehicles and forces have been actively moving," one of the sources said.