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North Korea opened the door to potentially suspending nuclear and missile testing.   © Kyodo

North Korean diplomat offers compromise to halt nuclear tests

Comments in India seen as attempt to divide US, South Korea

YUJI KURONUMA, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

NEW DELHI -- North Korea's ambassador to India says his country may halt its nuclear and missile tests "temporarily" if the U.S. and South Korea cease their joint military exercises near the Korean Peninsula.

Under certain circumstances, "we are willing to talk in terms of freezing nuclear testing and missile testing," Kye Chun Yong said. The rare official comment was aired Wednesday by Indian news channel WION, which recorded the interview with the ambassador Tuesday.

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