10 Feb '11, 12am

Military talks between North & South Korea broke down after N.Korea delegates walked out

Military talks between North & South Korea broke down after N.Korea delegates walked out

In this photo released by the Defence Ministry, North Korean Army Colonel Ri Sun Gyun, centre right, crosses the border line with other North Korean delegates for the military talks between Koreas. -- PHOTO: AP SEOUL - MILITARY talks aimed at easing high tensions between North and South Korea broke down on Wednesday when the North's delegation walked out, Seoul's defence ministry said. The two sides had been meeting for the first time since the North's deadly shelling of a South Korean island on November 23, which briefly sparked fears of war. A ministry spokesman told AFP the delegates even failed to discuss when to meet again. 'Under the current situation, we can say the talks have collapsed.' Washington said that Pyongyang's walkout was a 'missed opportunity' on the part of the North. After two days of working-level discussions aimed at setting the agenda for a high-lev...

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