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Kerry due in Seoul after rare North-South Korea talks

Published on Feb 13, 2014 10:27 AM
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry headed to 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry headed to 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 is Kerry's first stop on an Asia tour that will also take him to Beijing and Jakarta 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 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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