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    North Korea has deployed amphibious landing crafts with special forces onboard to the frontline, while holding high-level talks with South Korea to reduce tensions, local media reported Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the Yonhap news agency citing sources, around 10 air-cushioned landing crafts left a North Korean base and travelled to a naval base not far from the maritime border between the two Koreas.

    "Since North Korea declared a semi-war state, its invasion vehicles and forces have been actively moving," a source told the news agency.

    On Saturday, the conflicting neighbors held the first round of high-level talks to reduce tensions that escalated earlier this week. The negotiations continued Sunday.

    The tensions on the Korean peninsula escalated on Thursday, as North Korea reportedly fired shells at a South Korean military base across the demilitarized zone. Seoul was quick to retaliate with dozens of heavy artillery rounds.

    The episode was the first major armed confrontation between the neighbors in five years, and came in the wake of Seoul’s resumed broadcasting of military propaganda over the border toward North Korea, a practice it gave up a decade ago. Under the North Korean ultimatum, Saturday was the last day for Seoul to terminate its broadcasting.

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