North Korea to stop weapons tests if it has US talks

FILE - This combination of the file photos show President Donald Trump, left, on Oct. 25, 2017, in Dallas and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, on April 15, 2017 in Pyongyang. President Trump will visit Japan, South Korea and China before attending regional summits in Vietnam and the Philippines on November. Unlike most of his recent predecessors, Trump will not visit the South Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone that looks out over North Korea. Still, his quarrel with the North’s ruler will dominate the trip. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Wong Maye-E, File)

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.

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.

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