Officials from North Korea and South Korea are due to hold peace talks after Kim Jong-un's regime has threatened to declare war on its neighbour. The latest threats of military action by the rogue state come after a series of minor incidents between the Koreas raised diplomatic tensions.
Representatives from each country were to meet at the truce village of Panmunjom at 10am BST to hammer out a deal that that would lead to a peace accord. The office of South Korea's president said its national security director Kim Kwan-Jin and unification minister Hong Yong-Pyo will meet with Hwang Pyong So, the head political officer for the Korean People's Army, and Kim Yang Gon, a secretary of the central committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
The North Korean government had set a deadline of 9.30am BST for the commencement of military action against South Korea on orders of leader Kim Jung-un. The dictator threatened "strong military action" if South Korea did not stop broadcasting propaganda over loudspeakers into North Korea.
South Korea insists it will not switch off the loudspeakers, which have been blasting propaganda messages across the border for the past week. The broadcasts were restarted after an 11-year hiatus after two South Korean soldiers were maimed by landmines, allegedly placed by North Korean forces.
On Friday, 21 August, a statement from the North Korean authorities said: "We have exercised our self-restraint for decades. Now, no one's talk about self-restraint is helpful to putting the situation under control. The army and people of the DPRK are poised not just to counteract or make any retaliation but not to rule out all-out war to protect the social system, their own choice, at the risk of their lives."