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North Korea Postpones Talks With South Korea; Decision Is Surprise

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea indefinitely postponed high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for Wednesday, citing a joint South Korean-United States air force drill, South Korean officials said.

Senior officials from the two Koreas had been scheduled to meet in the “truce village” of Panmunjom on their border on Wednesday to discuss putting in place an agreement to improve ties between the countries that their leaders signed in a meeting on April 27.

But in a move that caught South Korea off guard, North Korea called the South shortly after midnight Tuesday unilaterally announcing that the talks will be “postponed indefinitely,” the South’s Unification Ministry said. The North cited as a reason the annual “Max Thunder” air force drill South Korea and the United States started last week, it said.

Mr. Trump is expected to meet with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, on June 12 in Singapore.

Source: NYT > World

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