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N. Korea, U.N. Command to hold colonel-level talks again Fri.

SEOUL, July 29 Kyodo

North Korea and the U.S.-led United Nations Command are scheduled to hold their next colonel-level talks Friday at the truce village of Panmunjeom, the U.N. Command said in a statement Thursday.

The meeting, set to begin at 10 a.m., is a continuation of colonel-level talks between the (North) Korean People's Army and the UNC's Military Armistice Commission, or UNMAC, that have been held three times since July 15.

At last Friday's talks, the statement said, the two sides ''verbally exchanged proposals for conducting General Officer Talks where the parties could discuss the formation of a group to jointly assess the circumstances and evidence pertaining to the sinking of'' a South Korean warship in March.

It said the General Officer Talks forum was instituted in 1998 through mutual agreement between the UNC and the KPA as a confidence-building measure.

Tension on the Korean Peninsula has run high since the March 26 sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan, killing 46 South Korean sailors, which a Seoul-led international investigation said was caused by a North Korean submarine-fired torpedo.

North Korea has denied any involvement.
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