North and South Korea hold talks

First discussions since artillery exchange in November

Representatives from North and South Korea met for preliminary discussions on Tuesday morning—the first since an exchange of artillery in November that led to the deaths of four South Koreans. The intent of the meeting is to pave the way for substantive discussions about the attack, the sinking in March of a South Korean warship, and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. However, according to a Seoul defense official, North Korea fell short of two of the South’s demands: officials refused to admit involvement in the sinking of the ship, and did not apologize for the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island. At the request of the North, another meeting will take place on Wednesday.

New York Times

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