N Korea Suspending Nuke Tests is Big Progress

21 April, 2018, 05:48 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Kim Jong-un

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un announced today that his country will cease conducting nuclear missile tests and dismantle a test site, according to state-run media.

Kim Jong-un was cited by Korea Central News Agency saying the country had already proven it has nuclear weapons and "therefore we no longer need any nuclear tests, mid and long and ICBM rocket tests".

The announcements came days before Kim is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a border truce village for a rare summit aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.

It came a day after the South's president, Moon Jae-in, said that Pyongyang had expressed a desire for the "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula without attaching preconditions such as the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

North Korea says it is suspending its nuclear and long-range missile tests, CNN reported Friday.

Trump praised Kim's statement in a tweet shortly afterward, calling it "very good news for North Korea and the World".

Mr Kim is also expected to hold a summit with US President Donald Trump by June.

The decision to discard the site, Kim said, will also ensure transparency that the tests have ceased.

In the report, Kim expressed the need for "global nuclear disarmament" - a possible reference to past statements indicating North Korea would only completely disarm when the US agrees to do the same.

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"The northern nuclear test site has completed its mission".

The North Korean leader has placed greater emphasis on economic development alongside his nuclear goals since taking power in 2011, a shift that could make any offers of financial assistance from the US and its allies more appealing in negotiations.

The Korean Workers' Party Central Committee declared a "great victory" in the country's official "byungjin" policy of simultaneously pursuing economic and nuclear development. "The North is expressing a will for a complete denuclearization".

Preparations for the April 27 summit between leaders of North and South Korea are underway, and include making it easier for the two men to call each other up.

Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have soared under the Trump administration amid multiple ballistic missile tests and a claim by North Korea that one of its missiles could reach the entire USA mainland. "But they're not going to give up their nuclear weapons without reciprocal steps from the U.S. and others".

Kim Jong-gak, the new director of the general political bureau of North Korea's armed forces, was named as a member of the WPK's political bureau.

Trump applauded the announcement on Twitter.

Ri Son-gwon, the chief of the state agency handling inter-Korean affairs, became an alternate member of the WPK's central committee.

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