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N. Korea talks rescheduled for Thursday

By the CNN Wire Staff
South Korean soldiers patrol along the DMZ.
South Korean soldiers patrol along the DMZ.
  • Talks between U.N. and North Korea were delayed this week
  • The meeting was rescheduled for Thursday
  • The colonel-level meeting will take place in the demilitarized zone

(CNN) -- Military talks between the U.S.-led United Nations Command and North Korea regarding the sinking of a South Korean warship have been rescheduled for Thursday, U.N. Command spokesman David Oten told CNN. The talks were initially slated for Tuesday.

The delay was announced earlier this week.

The much-anticipated meeting between military officers representing the United Nations and North Korea are to take place in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.

Participants plan to discuss the March 26 sinking of a South Korean warship, the Cheonan. The U.N. officers were slated to be U.S. colonels, as the United States holds responsibility for U.N. security forces in Korea.

The purpose of the meeting is to "set the agenda and the protocols for general officer talks" in regards to the sinking of the South Korean ship, Oten said..

The result of the meeting could be the announcement of general-level talks or more colonel-level meetings, Oten said.

North Korea had accepted a U.N. proposal for the meeting of colonel-level leaders to be a precursor to talks between generals on the contentious naval incident.

The demilitarized zone was created as part of the armistice signed between North Korea and South Korea in 1953 that halted fighting.