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North and South Korea reach deal to end 'semi-state of war'

North and South Korea reach deal to end 'semi-state of war'

North and South Korea reached an agreement early Tuesday intended to defuse a bout of cross-border tension that involved loudspeakers, land mines and artillery fire and that put their militaries on high alert. Under the deal, South Korea pledged to stop broadcasting anti-North Korean propaganda from loudspeakers arrayed along the two countries' heavily guarded border by noon Tuesday. The North, in turn, promised to lift a “semi-state of war” that it announced Friday, and expressed “regret” over a land mine explosion that maimed two South Korean soldiers this month. Seoul had been pushing the North to apologize for planting the mine, but the agreement only...

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