North Korea Avoids Nuclear Issue, Nears Deal on Olympics

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SEOUL—South Korea sought unsuccessfully to raise the North’s nuclear program during bilateral talks, though the two sides appeared close to an agreement for Pyongyang to participate in next month’s Winter Olympics, fueling cautious hope for a thaw in relations.

The face-to-face discussions on Tuesday at the demilitarized zone that divides the peninsula were the two Koreas’ first since December 2015, and came after months of soaring tensions stemming from Pyongyang’s nuclear-weapons development.

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