North delegates abruptly leave Korea defense talks

SEOUL – North Korean military officers abruptly walked out of the first official talks with rival South Korea in months Wednesday, dashing hopes for eased tensions after a deadly artillery attack in November increased war rhetoric on the peninsula.
The cause of the rupture wasn't immediately explained. Seoul's Defense Ministry said the North Korean delegation got up and walked out on the second day of talks in Panmunjom inside the heavily fortified buffer zone dividing the Koreas.
Hopes had been high that the Koreas would agree on details for holding their first high-level defense talks in more than three years.
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