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S. Korean leader says North appears serious about denuclearization, even if US troops remain

SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's president Thursday expressed fresh optimism about a resolution to the nation's decadeslong conflict with North Korea, saying the North might be willing to denuclearize even if the U.S. keeps its troops on the Korean Peninsula.

President Moon Jae-in, who came to office last year seeking to renew dialogue with North Korea, said leader Kim Jong Un appears serious about denuclearization.

Moon also said the North, which sparked worldwide alarm with its repeated ballistic missile tests last year, might be willing to accept "complete denuclearization" without conditions that would upset the United States.

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