AP Exclusive: N. Korea to halt nuke tests if US stops drills

April 24, 2016 5:34 AM

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NEW YORK – North Korea is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with South Korea, the North Korean foreign minister told The Associated Press in an interview in which he also warned that his country won't be cowed by international sanctions.

Just hours after North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine in its latest show of defiance at the U.S.-South Korea exercises, Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong defended the country's right to increase its military readiness.

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