North Korea to Stop Weapons Tests if it Has US Talks

South Korea says North Korea has agreed to stop nuclear testing if it has talks with the U.S. South Korea says North Korea has agreed to stop nuclear testing if it has talks with the U.S. |  Photo: ABC

Created: March 06, 2018 11:40 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea says North Korea has agreed to impose a moratorium on tests of nuclear weapons and missiles if it holds talks with the United States.

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South Korea's presidential national security director said Tuesday that North Korea said it's ready to have "heart-to-heart" talks with the United States on issues regarding the North's potential denuclearization and the normalization of relations between Pyongyang and Washington.

He said the North also made it clear that it wouldn't need to keep its nuclear weapons if military threats against the country are resolved and it receives a security guarantee.

He said the North also promised not to use conventional or nuclear weapons against South Korea.

The comments were made after South Korean officials returned from a visit to the North, where they met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

South Korea also says it has agreed with North Korea to hold summit talks in late April, and that the countries have agreed to set up a telephone hotline between their leaders.

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