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UN Command to meet with North today

The U.S.-led United Nations Command (UNC) said military talks with North Korea to discuss the sinking of a South Korean warship have been rescheduled for today.

The colonel-level talks were initially scheduled for Tuesday, but North Korea abruptly asked for a delay hours before the talks were set to begin, citing “administrative reasons.”

Later that day, the North’s military proposed the new date of Thursday to the Military Armistice Commission of the UNC, and the command accepted, a UNC statement said Wednesday.

The meeting “will now take place at 10:00 a.m. on July 15,” according to the statement.

The rescheduled meeting, if held, will be the first of its kind since the Cheonan warship sank in March, dramatically increasing tension on the Korean Peninsula.

A South Korea-led multinational investigation concluded in May that North Korea was responsible for the sinking. North Korea has denied any role in the sinking and threatened that any sanctions or punishment would lead to war. The colonel-level meeting is a preparatory step to general-level talks on the sinking, the UNC said.

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