North Korea's Nuclear Aims South Korea holds talks with North Korea's chief ally China in hopes of defusing a showdown between Washington and Pyongyang. Washington refuses to negotiate directly with North Korea over its plans to resume its nuclear weapons program. NPR's Mike Shuster reports.

South Korea Seeks to Avert N. Korea-U.S. Showdown

South Korea Seeks to Avert N. Korea-U.S. Showdown

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South Korea holds talks with North Korea's chief ally China in hopes of defusing a showdown between Washington and Pyongyang. Washington refuses to negotiate directly with North Korea over its plans to resume its nuclear weapons program. NPR's Mike Shuster reports.