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North Korea, South Korea Engage in Marathon Talks

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Delegates from North and South Korea held marathon preparatory talks at Panmunjom on Sunday, after months of tension between the nations.

The talks, which occurred along the heavily-armed border of the two countries, were initiated with the hopes of setting ground rules for higher-level discussions. According to BBC News, the talks went smoothly, with no arguments.

South Korea had invited the North to engage in high-level discussion at Seoul, but the two sides decided to lower-level conversation first. The meeting between officials from the two sides was the first in over two years.

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North Korea Lists Requirements Before Talks Can Occur

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- North Korea's top military body issued a list of conditions necessary before any talks will take place with the United States or South Korea.

Among the conditions are the lifting of United Nations sanctions, the calling off of war games scheduled to begin next week and removal of all U.S. nuclear weapons from the region.

The demands from North Korea come days after Secretary of State John Kerry said that no talks would be held until North Korea agreed to denuclearize.

"If they had a true will to have dialogue, they should have halted all acts of hurting the dignity of the DPRK," said a statement from North Korea's National Defense Commission.

South Korea offered conditions for discussions last week, but the North Korean government dismissed the offer as a "crafty trick," according to BBC News.

It remains unlikely that other side will succumb to the prerequisites set forth thus far. According to the New York Times, the White House's policy of "strategic patience" has allowed them to remain steadfast in their demands for North Korean denuclearization.

Tension in the region have been high as North Korea has threatened attacks on South Korea, Japan and the U.S. in recent weeks.

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Afghan President Preparing Direct Talks with Taliban

SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- In what is being described as a historic meeting, Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans on holding talks with the Taliban in Saudi Arabia as he seeks an end to the 10-year-long war.

Up to now, the Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan until the U.S.-led invasion in October 2001, has refused to deal directly with Karzai's government.  There is also still no official word from the Taliban that it has agreed to negotiate with Karzai.

However, if it turns out to be true, the Afghan administration may be attempting to undercut possible talks between the U.S. and its enemy once the Taliban establishes an office in Qatar.

Karzai and his officials have reportedly been angered by the proposed U.S-Taliban dealings that they believe pose a threat to the fragile democracy's future.

There are also concerns the Qatar office will be used to raise funds for the Taliban and that the group is just using it to wait out the scheduled U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan by sometime in 2014.

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Iran Agrees to Second Round of Talks, Won't Give Up Nuclear Enrichment

Iran's chief negotiator Saeed Jalili. Photo Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images(GENEVA) -- World powers have wrapped up their first meetings with Iran in over a year and, in a small victory, announced that Tehran had agreed to hold another round of talks in late January. Iran’s negotiator, however, told reporters that his country had no intention of halting its uranium enrichment program.

European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, who represents the group, said in a statement the talks in Geneva Monday and Tuesday were “detailed” and “substantive.” Ashton insisted Iran comply with its “international obligations” to halt its nuclear program. Iran, however, remained defiant.

Expectations for this week’s talks had been low, and Iran’s agreeing to another round of discussions is more than the group of world powers was able to achieve last time they met with Iran. This week’s meetings were preceded by Iran’s announcement that it had developed an indigenous capacity to produce yellowcake uranium.

The so-called P5+1, the permanent five UN Security Council members plus Germany, had been expected to present Iran with an offer to transfer its uranium stockpiles out of the country for enrichment abroad, in exchange for fuel that could be used in a nuclear power plant. The deal was similar to one that Iran initially accepted, then quickly rejected at a meeting in October 2009 but this time called for a larger amount of uranium to be transferred out in order to compensate for Iran’s continued production in the past year. As part of the deal Iran would also be required to halt its move to enrich uranium up to 20%, a process that could help it perfect the techniques needed to eventually produce bomb-grade fuel.

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