Wednesday's talks between North Korea and South Korea produced no deals or agreements between the two countries. As expected, North Korea wanted its southern counterpart to call off its joint military drills with the United States, while South Korea's calls for nuclear disarmament were rebuffed as well.
The scheduled reunion of families separated by war six decades ago now looks to be in jeopardy, as North Korea does not want the visits to overlap with the dates of the military drills. Currently, the first two days of exercises, which begin Feb. 24, overlap with the reunions, which are from Feb. 20 to the 25th.
The North has called for the drills to be delayed, if not canceled outright. Ryoo Kihl-jae, South Korea's Unification Minister, told parliament that, "As far as we're concerned, it's impossible [to delay]."
A South Korean ministry official also said that denuclearization was described by Northern representatives as "not a topic for discussion between North Korea and South Korea."
Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Seoul on Thursday, and will almost definitely discuss the talks with South Korean officials.
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