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South Korea has confirmed it has accepted an offer from North Korea to hold talks next week, the BBC reports.
The talks, to be held at the Panmunjom truce village, will set the stage for high-level meetings which were agreed in principle in August.
That deal followed a stand-off in August that began with landmine explosions on the border and involved an exchange of artillery fire.
Seoul said it had sent requests for meetings before but had no response.