Justin McCurry
February 9, 2011

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Relations between North and South Korea appeared to be improving when the two sides agreed to hold talks on the possible revival of attempts to reunite families separated during the Korean war.

But efforts to defuse bilateral tensions have ended in failure after the simultaneous collapse of talks between high-ranking military officials.

Colonels from both sides had met for a second day on Wednesday at Panmunjom, the “truce village” located along the heavily fortified border that has divided the peninsula since the end of the 1950-53 Korean war.

The talks, held amid pressure from China and the US to reopen dialogue, were supposed to have laid the ground for further discussions, possibly between the countries’ defence ministers.

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