Inter-Korean military talks end with no progress

September 30, 2010 07:20


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SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea ended their first working-level military talks in two years Thursday with no progress as the meeting stumbled over the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang, Seoul's Defense Ministry said.

The rare encounter came hours after Pyongyang vowed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent in response to what it called US threats.

A team of international investigators concluded in May that a North Korean torpedo sank the Cheonan warship near the two Koreas' western disputed sea border in March, killing 46 sailors. North Korea denies involvement and has threatened war if it is punished for the disaster.

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