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South Korea was expected to be the setting for historic talks between Pyongyang and Washington -- on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics. High-ranking officials from the Northern peninsula however, abruptly backed out only hours ahead of that meeting. The two adversaries - represented by Vice President Mike Pence and Kim Jung Un''s only sister - had been planning to address the secretive state''s contentious nuclear programme. Dr Lassina Zerbo of the CTBTO, a UN organisation created to police the world for any sign of nuclear tests, tells France 24 he’s still hopeful of a détente.

North Korea Crisis: UN official says is hopeful of Seoul-Pyongyang rapprochement

South Korea was expected to be the setting for historic talks between Pyongyang and Washington -- on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics. High-ranking officials from the Northern peninsula however, abruptly backed out only hours ahead of that meeting.The two adversaries - represented by Vice President Mike Pence and Kim Jung Un''s only sister - had been planning to address the secretive state''s contentious nuclear programme.Dr Lassina Zerbo of the CTBTO, a UN organisation created to police the world for any sign of nuclear tests, tells France 24 he’s still hopeful of a détente.

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