Rival Koreas’ high-level meeting adjourned

PYONGYANG, North Korea — The first high-level talks in nearly a year between South Korea and North Korea were adjourned after stretching into the early hours of Sunday, as the rivals looked to defuse mounting tensions that have pushed them to the brink of a possible military confrontation.

The delegates agreed to resume the meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday South Korean time (0600 GMT, 2 a.m. EDT), said Seoul’s presidential spokesman Min Kyung-wook. Min did not disclose any other details about the talks which adjourned at 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

Marathon talks are not unusual for the Koreas, who have had long negotiating sessions in recent years over much less momentous issues.