North Korea floats idea of lifting weapons test moratorium

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it is rethinking whether to abide by its moratorium on nuclear and missile tests and other steps aimed at improving ties with the United States (US).

The Foreign Ministry’s statement yesterday appears aimed at applying more pressure on the US as the two countries attempt to resume nuclear diplomacy.

The statement says upcoming regular US-South Korean military drills that it views as an invasion rehearsal are forcing it to rethink whether it should be committed to the promises it made to the US.

It says President Donald Trump vowed to suspend military drills with South Korea during his first and third meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

It also says it is not bound by any legal documents to suspend nuclear and missile tests.