North and South Korea have agreed to end their standoff involving an exchange of artillery fire, that had pushed them towards the brink of armed conflict. Sean Carberry reports.
STORY: After marathon talks, an apology has ended the crisis between North and South Korea. Kim Kwan-jin, South Korea's chief presidential national security advisor, read the joint statement in Seoul. Last month, two South Korean soldiers were injured by landmines along the Demilitarized Zone. In response, Seoul resumed anti-North Korean propaganda broadcasts, which led to an exchange of artillery fire. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL SECURITY OFFICE, KIM KWAN-JIN, SAYING: "North Korea expressed regret over a recent landmine incident in the South's side of Demilitarised Zone along the Military Demarcation Line that wounded the South's soldiers. South Korea agreed to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts along the MDL from 12:00 local time on August 25. North Korea agreed to end the quasi state of war." The statement also said the two Koreas would hold follow-up talks in Seoul or Pyongyang to discuss ways to improve ties.