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International relations

North Korea emerges from Olympics with diplomatic gains

US softens line on talks with no sign of disarmament from Pyongyang

SEOUL -- North Korea appeared to secure some hints toward dialogue from the U.S. while clinging to its goal of recognition as a nuclear power during the South's Winter Olympics, in a charm offensive that ended as a diplomatic envoy returned home Tuesday.

The North, seeking to dismantle the web of international sanctions around it, is expected for now to try to maintain its political gains and push for the cancellation of American-South Korean joint military drills, which are planned for April following March's Paralympic Games.

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