N. Korea may declare moratorium on nuclear weapons & missile tests: former U.S. official
A former U.S. State Department official says North Korea may be willing to declare a moratorium on nuclear weapons and missile testing.
Joel Wit, a senior fellow with the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, told Seoul-based Yonhap News on Wednesday that he was able to confirm Pyongyang's intentions after meeting with Ri Yong-ho , the North's top nuclear envoy, at a seminar last month in Berlin.
Declaring a moratorium on nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missile testing was part of the U.S.-North Korea leap day deal signed last year.
Wit called on North Korea and the U.S. to hold face-to-face talks on ways to denuclearize the North.
However, Wit said the moratorium could not be a precondition for international talks but may take place once all sides are at the table.
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