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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

South Korea Ignored

North Korea on Monday failed to respond to an invitation from the South to the negotiating table, dashing hopes for early resolution to a dispute over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

South Korea's Vice Unification Minister Song Young-dae earlier proposed that the two Koreas talk Tuesday at the village of Panmunjom, straddling the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone, but received no reply by the offer's deadline.

South Korea hoped the outcome of Tuesday's proposed talks would be a selection of special envoys to discuss a row over the North's suspected nuclear arms program, and the opening of a new chapter in North-South relations.