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Korea talks end w/ North walking out abruptly

February 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The first official talks in months between North and South Korea have ended abruptly, with the North Koreans walking out.

At issue was what should be on the agenda for the next round of discussions.

There has been hope the two countries could hold high-level defense discussions. South Korea wants those defense talks to focus on two attacks by the North last year.

South Korea blames the North for a warship sinking last March that killed 46 sailors. North Korea denies any involvement in that attack and wants the agenda to include other issues.

The fact that the two could not decide on an agenda shows how difficult the relationship has become in the past few years, after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's administration took a harder line with the North.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.