1. Diplomacy

    U.S. Meets With North Korea

    North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan returns to the Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United Nations, after lunch on Thursday, July 28, 2011, in New York. Kim arrived in New York on July 26, 2011, and is in the middle of diplomatic discussions with the United States.

    Andrew Burton / AP Photo

    After a series of hints from North Korea about resuming six-party talks about its nuclear program, U.S. officials met North Korean representatives in New York in an attempt to gauge their seriousness. Neither side said much about the meetings: North Korea called the atmosphere "good" while the U.S. said it was "business-like." Negotiations with North Korea over its nuclear program have been stalled since 2009, but a meeting two weeks ago between North and South Korean leaders in Bali signaled that the authoritarian country may be ready to resume talks.

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