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South-North Korea Military Talks 'Collapse'

North Korean Colonel Ri Son-kwon (front right) led talks for the North in the village of Panmunjom.
Officials in Seoul say military talks aimed at easing tension between the two Koreas collapsed after North Korean military officers abruptly walked out of a meeting.

An unidentified South Korean Defense Ministry official was quoted as saying the talks at the border village of Panmunjom broke down over differences on the agenda for higher-level talks.

It was the first such meeting since the North shelled a South Korean island in November, killing four people.

Earlier, South Korea said it had in principle accepted a North Korean offer to resume talks on humanitarian issues, including reuniting families separated by the Korean war, and joint tourism and industrial projects.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said a date and venue for talks mediated by the Red Cross would be set after the preliminary military talks had ended.

compiled from agency reports