Ahead of the much-awaited summit between the US and the Koreas in May, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un has announced the country will suspend its nuclear and missile tests and shut down a nuclear test site.
The South Korean media reported that North Korea, amidst preparing for discussions with the United States and South Korea, would shut down its nuclear test site in the northern area.
“From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles,” the Korean Central News Agency reported.
“The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country’s northern side to guarantee transparency in suspending nuclear tests,” the statement from North Korea added.
The decision was made in a meeting of the ruling Worker’s Party of Korea’s (WPK) full Central Committee that had convened to discuss a “new stage” of policies.
Kim Jong-un is set to hold a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in later this week.
United States President, Donald Trump welcomed the move by North Korea to suspend its nuclear and missile tests and shut down a nuclear test site, calling it a ‘big progress’ for the country and the world.
“North Korea has agreed to suspend all nuclear tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the world – big progress! Look forward to our summit,” the United States President wrote on Twitter.
North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the World – big progress! Look forward to our Summit.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018
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