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North Korea hints at nuclear test moratorium if US scraps military drills with South Korea

  • In this March 31, 2014 photo, U.S. Marines take a position during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing exercises, called Ssangyong, as part of the Foal Eagle military exercises in Pohang, South Korea. North Korea has told the United States that it’s willing to impose a temporary moratorium on nuclear tests if Washington scraps planned military drills with South Korea this year, the North’s official news agency said Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. The U.S. has previously refused to cancel military drills with South Korea, even at times of high tension and has said the North must first demonstrate how serious it is about nuclear disarmament before serous talks can resume. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    In this March 31, 2014 photo, U.S. Marines take a position during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing exercises, called Ssangyong, as part of the Foal Eagle military exercises in Pohang, South Korea. North Korea has told the United States that it’s willing to impose a temporary moratorium on nuclear tests if Washington scraps planned military drills with South Korea this year, the North’s official news agency said Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. The U.S. has previously refused to cancel military drills with South Korea, even at times of high tension and has said the North must first demonstrate how serious it is about nuclear disarmament before serous talks can resume. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, South Korean and U.S. Marines aim their machine guns during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing exercises, called Ssangyong, part of the Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea. North Korea has told the United States that it’s willing to impose a temporary moratorium on nuclear tests if Washington scraps planned military drills with South Korea this year, the North’s official news agency said Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. The U.S. has previously refused to cancel military drills with South Korea, even at times of high tension and has said the North must first demonstrate how serious it is about nuclear disarmament before serous talks can resume. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

    FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, South Korean and U.S. Marines aim their machine guns during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing exercises, called Ssangyong, part of the Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea. North Korea has told the United States that it’s willing to impose a temporary moratorium on nuclear tests if Washington scraps planned military drills with South Korea this year, the North’s official news agency said Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. The U.S. has previously refused to cancel military drills with South Korea, even at times of high tension and has said the North must first demonstrate how serious it is about nuclear disarmament before serous talks can resume. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, a South Korean marine LVT-7 landing craft sails to shores through a smoke screen during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing exercises, called Ssangyong, part of the Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea. North Korea has told the United States that it’s willing to impose a temporary moratorium on nuclear tests if Washington scraps planned military drills with South Korea this year, the North’s official news agency said Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. The U.S. has previously refused to cancel military drills with South Korea, even at times of high tension and has said the North must first demonstrate how serious it is about nuclear disarmament before serous talks can resume. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

    FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, a South Korean marine LVT-7 landing craft sails to shores through a smoke screen during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing exercises, called Ssangyong, part of the Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea. North Korea has told the United States that it’s willing to impose a temporary moratorium on nuclear tests if Washington scraps planned military drills with South Korea this year, the North’s official news agency said Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. The U.S. has previously refused to cancel military drills with South Korea, even at times of high tension and has said the North must first demonstrate how serious it is about nuclear disarmament before serous talks can resume. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)  (The Associated Press)

North Korea says it's willing to impose a temporary moratorium on a nuclear test if the U.S. scraps military drills with South Korea this year.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency says Pyongyang conveyed the proposal to the U.S. on Friday through an unspecified channel.

KCNA's report Saturday said it was "time for the U.S. to make a bold decision for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula" and in the region.

Pyongyang has called U.S.-South Korean drills a rehearsal for an invasion, though the allies have repeatedly said they have no intentions of attacking the North.

The North conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

A fourth test would mark another defiant response to U.S.-led international pressure on Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program.