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Korea talks axed over negotiators

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – The Koreas’ first high-level talks in years were scrapped a day before they were to begin Wednesday because the sides didn’t agree on the delegation leaders, South Korea said. The cancellation deflated tentative hopes that the rivals would improve ties following years of rising hostility.

North Korea said it wasn’t sending its officials to Seoul for the two-day meeting because the South had changed the head of its delegation, Kim Hyung-suk, a spokesman for Seoul’s Unification Ministry, told reporters in a briefing Tuesday. The ministry is in charge of North Korea matters.

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