20 January 2015
NORTH Korea has again offered to suspend its nuclear tests if the United States agrees to shelve annual military drills with South Korea after informal talks between the two sides in Singapore.
North Korean officials and a group of former US nuclear envoys ended two days of non-government-level meetings yesterday, with the latter calling for denuclearisation talks to resume.
When Pyongyang made the offer earlier this month, Washington rejected it as a veiled threat.
…Associate research fellow Sarah Teo, of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said the joint drills have always been a “sore point” for Pyongyang and the offer to suspend nuclear tests seems to be its “standard bargaining chip”. The North has conducted three nuclear tests since 2006.
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