Inter-Korean dialogue welcomed by UN chief

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

A high-level meeting between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

In a statement on Saturday, Ban Ki-moon said he took note of their agreement to continue discussions on Sunday.

According to media reports, a tense standoff has prevailed since the countries exchanged artillery fire on Thursday.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The talks reportedly took place inside the Demilitarised Zone which divides the two Koreas.

The UN chief said he was encouraging both the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to use discussions to pave the way for deescalating the situation, and for the promotion of peace and security in the Korean Peninsula.

Ban Ki-moon also called on the parties to redouble efforts to resolve differences through dialogue while refraining from taking any measure that is not conducive to continuing discussions.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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