Representatives from North and South Korea met Saturday at the border village of Panmunjom, in an attempt to defuse tensions between them that are threatening to escalate into a military conflict. Pyongyang had given Seoul the deadline to dismantle speakers recently erected along the 2.5-mile-wide demilitarized zone that separates the two countries. The speakers have been used to blast anti-North Korea messages and news from the outside world into the information-starved country. North Korea, in turn, set up its own speakers.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.