NKorea’s Leader says, “Will Suspend Nuclear and Missile Testing”
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un declared that Pyongyang will carry out no more nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests and will shut down its atomic test site, the state media reported early Saturday.
“From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles,” the Korean Central News Agency said.
“The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country’s northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test,” it added.
The declaration, long sought by the US, will be seen as a Key step in the fast diplomatic peace efforts on the Korean peninsula.
Thhis comes less than a week before Kim meets SKorean leader Moon Jae-in for a Summit in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the Peninsula, and ahead of a much-anticipated encounter with US President Donald Trump.
“As the weaponisation of nuclear weapons has been verified, it is not necessary for us to conduct any more nuclear tests or test launches of mid- and long range missiles or ICBMs,” Kim told a ruling party meeting.
“The northern nuclear test site has completed its mission,” he added at the gathering of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party, according to the official KCNA news agency.
Pyongyang has made rapid technological progress in its weapons programs under Kim, which has seen it subjected to increasingly strict sanctions by the UN Security Council, US, EU, SKorea and others.
Last year it carried out its 6th nuclear test, its most powerful to date, and launched missiles capable of reaching Mainland United States.
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