South Korea says it has halted anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts on the border ahead of inter-Korean talks this week.

The South's Defense Ministry says it turned off loudspeaker broadcasts Monday to try to ease military tensions and establish an environment for peaceful talks.

South Korea had broadcast anti-North propaganda across the border since the North's fourth nuclear test in early 2016.

The North responded to those broadcasts with its own. It was unclear if the North also stopped its broadcasts Monday.

The development comes four days before South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in the rivals' third-ever summit talks expected to focus on Kim's nuclear program.

Kim is to meet President Donald Trump in May or early June.