2 Koreas hold first military talks in 2 years

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North Korean soldiers march at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010. The ascension of Kim Jong Il's little-known, 20-something son to a prominent ruling party post put him well on the path Wednesday to succeed the supreme leader at the helm of nuclear-armed North Korea and carry the family dynasty into a third generation. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

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South Korea says it has begun its first working-level military talks with North Korea in two years.

The Defense Ministry said Thursday that officers from the two sides are meeting in the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula. They last held such talks in October 2008.

The discussions came hours after Pyongyang vowed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent in response to what it called U.S. threats.

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