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North Korea delays peace talks briefing

map January 27, 1997
Web posted at: 10:00 p.m. EST (0300 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The long-awaited briefing of North Korea on proposed peace talks has been delayed a week at the request of Pyongyang.

The meeting was originally scheduled for January 29 to outline the plan for four-party peace talks between the U.S., South Korea, China and North Korea.

State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said the North Koreans asked for the delay so they could conclude talks with non-governmental agencies and private companies on grain shipments. Burns said the United States accepted the explanation.

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