Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.


Korean arms talks stall

Capitalist South and Stalinist North Korea met at their fortified Cold War frontier yesterday, but failed to make progress in a row over the North's suspected development of nuclear weapons, Reuter reports from Seoul.

The two sides discussed a proposed exchange visit by special envoys, which Seoul hopes will prove a turning point in efforts to remove suspicions over the nuclear programme. 'The talks ended inconclusively. Both sides only agreed to meet again on 15 October,' a Southern official said.