North Korea offers to suspend nuclear tests in return for end to U.S. drills

January 10, 2015 11:04 AM

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday it was willing to suspend nuclear tests if the United States agreed to call off annual military drills held jointly with South Korea, saying the exercises were the main reason for tension on the Korean peninsula.

The proposal, which the North's official KCNA news agency said was conveyed to Washington on Friday through "a relevant channel", follows an often-repeated demand by Pyongyang for an end to the large-scale defensive drills by the allies.

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