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N Korea at crossroads

US hits North Korea on human rights as nuclear talks stall

Trump pushes for United Nations meeting on abuses under Kim's regime

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, speaks with Choe Ryong Hae during a parade in Pyongyang in 2013. Choe was among three officials sanctioned by the U.S. on Dec. 10.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/SEOUL -- The U.S. has imposed sanctions on three top North Korean officials for human rights violations, hitting Kim Jong Un's regime where it hurts the most and plunging denuclearization talks into further uncertainty.

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