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

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.

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Mike Shuster is an award-winning diplomatic correspondent and roving foreign correspondent for NPR News. He is based at NPR West, in Culver City, CA. When not traveling outside the U.S., Shuster covers issues of nuclear non-proliferation and weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and the Pacific Rim.