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North Koreans did not show up at US war dead talks, East Asia News & Top Stories

North Koreans did not show up at US war dead talks, East Asia News & Top Stories

SEOUL (BLOOMBERG) - North Korean officials did not show up for a planned meeting with US counterparts to discuss returning the remains of American war dead, South Korean media reported, in the latest sign of tensions between the two sides.

US negotiators arrived Thursday (July 12) at the militarised border between the two Koreas as previously announced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and were kept waiting, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing diplomatic officials it did not identify.

While the details are unclear, a failure to meet on the issue wouldn't bode well for broader negotiations about North Korea's nuclear programme.

The war dead talks were expected to be led by military officials, not the diplomats who are handling nuclear negotiations.

Trump has expressed an eagerness to tout the recovery of the war dead, telling Fox News that Kim was "giving us back the remains of probably 7,500 soldiers."

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