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Koreas talks stall

Panmunjom – Talks bet­ween North and South Korea collapsed Wednesday after the two sides failed to reach an agreement on securing high-level military discussions during preparatory meetings held in the border area of Panmunjom, CNN reports. The resumption of talks, the first of its kind since the Yeonpyeong island bombing that killed four South Koreans last November, signaled a change in atmosphere between the two Koreas. It led many to speculate that a consensus on holding higher-level military would be reached. However, the North Korean delegation walked away from the negotiating table less than five hours after the second round of talks had begun, a move that was called “unilateral” by the South Korean Defense Ministry. One of the issues that stalled talks was North Korea’s demand for a comprehensive agenda from both sides on possible military actions, while the South pushed to limit the talks to the sinking of the Cheonan warship and Yeon­pyeong Island attack, the South Korean Defense Ministry said. The South and North ran into a similar deadlock while discussing the agenda of the high-level talks on the first day Tuesday.

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