RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
Tribal elders in Afghanistan are still negotiating trying to get the Taliban to release 23 South Koreans they're holding. Most of the hostages are in their 20s and 30s. A provincial governor in the region told Reuters that force will not be used to free the hostages. Government troops have surrounded the kidnappers for several days. The Taliban has demanded that Korea withdraw its troops in Afghanistan. So far South Korea has shown no sign of giving in to that demand.
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