A woman rests under an umbrella while a man walks past her Saturday near a statue known as the Monument to the Three Charters for National Reunification, which symbolizes the hope for eventual reunification of the two Koreas, in Pyongyang, North Korea. In past years, the monument built over the road leading to South Korea has been the site of celebrations marking a joint reconciliation declaration signed by the two Koreas on June 15, 2000. This year's events were canceled after high-level talks between the Seoul and Pyongyang governments, the first in six years, were called off earlier in the week.
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North Korea's top government body is proposing high-level nuclear and security talks with the United States days after a planned meeting with rival South Korea collapsed.