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N Korea at crossroads

Inter-Korean projects could help ease sanctions on North, Moon says

Seoul hopes to break stalemate after US ignores Pyongyang's deadline

South Korean President Moon Jae-in holds his New Year press conference in Seoul on Jan. 14.   © Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday it was too early to be pessimistic about stalled denuclearisation dialogue between the United States and North Korea, and that inter-Korean cooperation could help ease the way for sanctions to be lifted.

Despite hostile rhetoric from Pyongyang, North Korea has not conducted a weapons test nor shut the door to more talks even after Washington ignored its year-end deadline to make concessions, Moon told an annual New Year news conference.

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