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Kerry arrives in Seoul after rare North-South Korea talks

Published on Feb 13, 2014 3:15 PM
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry (centre left) walks with US Ambassador to South Korea Sung Kim past an honor guard after arriving at Seoul Air Base, on Feb 13, 2014. US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Seoul on Thursday, Feb 13, 2014, for discussions on North Korea's nuclear programme, a day after high-level inter-Korean talks failed to resolve a row over looming South Korea-US military drills. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Seoul on Thursday for discussions on North Korea's nuclear programme, a day after high-level inter-Korean talks failed to resolve a row over looming South Korea-US military drills.

South Korea was Kerry's first stop on an Asia tour that will also take him to China and Indonesia, with a focus on regional tensions stoked by China's territorial claims.

As well as discussing efforts to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme, Kerry will be briefed in Seoul on a diplomatic initiative that saw the two Koreas sit down on Wednesday for their highest-level official talks since 2007.

The discussions ran late into the night, and ended without any tangible agreement or joint statement, although Seoul said both sides had committed to keep the dialogue going.

 
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