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(2nd LD) Inter-Korean military talks end with no progress: official

All Headlines 15:43 February 09, 2011

(ATTN: UPDATES with end of talks; CHANGES headline)

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) -- The preliminary military talks between South and North Korea ended without any progress on Wednesday, an official at the South's defense ministry said.

"The talks ended at around 3 p.m., and no agreement was reached," the official said on the condition of anonymity, adding the two sides even failed to set a date for future working-level talks.

Colonel-level officers from the two sides met for two days, but failed to agree on the agenda and other key terms of higher-level talks that may help ease mounting tension between the two Koreas.

South Korea wanted the agenda to include an explicit North Korean apology in connection with two military provocations that killed 50 South Koreans.

kdh@yna.co.kr
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