officials in Seoul say they have confirmed that about 50 submarines and other submersibles left North Korean military bases over the weekend. They say that is around 10 times the usual figure
Talks between senior officials from North and South Korea have entered the third day. The delegates are believed to be making a final effort to ease the latest tensions between the two countries.
The meeting began on Saturday evening in the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the 2 Koreas.
After about 10-hour debate, the two sides recessed on Sunday morning. They resumed negotiations at around 3:30 PM and continued into Monday.
The delegation from the South was led by the chief of the presidential national security office, Kim Kwan-jin, and Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo.
The North was represented by the chief of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army, Hwang Pyong So, and an official in charge of unification affairs, Kim Yang Gon.
Details of the talks have yet to be disclosed. Officials in Seoul are expected to hold a news conference to brief the media on the outcome of the talks.
The delegates are expected to have discussed a wide range of issues, including the explosion of a landmine on the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone on August 4th that severed the legs of two soldiers.
Another anticipated item is the propaganda broadcasts the South has resumed after a suspension of 11 years in retaliation for the explosion.
Meanwhile, officials in Seoul say they have confirmed that about 50 submarines and other submersibles left North Korean military bases over the weekend. They say that is around 10 times the usual figure.
The officials add that the number of North's artillery soldiers on the frontline near the demilitarized zone has been doubled from the pre-meeting level.