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U.S. Dropped North Korea Peace Talk Plan After Missile Test

  • Pyongyang had asked for talks on decades-old conflict: U.S.
  • Reclusive nation's weapons development seen as major threat
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North Korean Rocket Test Launches Global Concern

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The U.S. called off nascent talks with North Korea aimed at formally ending the Korean War when it became clear that the reclusive nation wasn’t interested in stopping its nuclear program by conducting a ballistic missile test.

The talks, which Pyongyang requested according to the U.S., ended after North Korea rebuffed a U.S. demand that denuclearization be a condition for the negotiations, Obama administration officials said. The U.S. and North Korea reached an agreement in 2005 with other nations including Japan and South Korea that set the groundwork for future talks premised on denuclearization.