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North Korea suspends talks with South Korea

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SEOUL — North Korea has suspended high-level talks with South Korea scheduled for Wednesday after US and South Korean joint military exercises and warned that a summit next month between its leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump could be in jeopardy.

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) called the US-South Korean ‘Max Thunder’ air combat drills, which it said involved US stealth fighters and B-52 bombers, a ‘provocation’ that went against the trend of warming North-South ties.

The meeting was set up to work out steps for implementing a declaration agreed to during the North-South summit between the two countries on April 27.

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Issues addressed in the declaration include formally ending the Korean War and working toward the “complete denuclearization” of the peninsula.

“This exercise, targeting us, which is being carried out across South Korea, is a flagrant challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and an intentional military provocation running counter to the positive political development on the Korean Peninsula,” Yonhap quoted KCNA as saying.

“The US should make efforts to create an atmosphere for mutual respect and confidence before dialogue, not resorting to a foolish farce that may reverse the good trend created with much effort.”

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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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