Trump welcomes Kim's nuke test freeze announcement

21 April, 2018, 05:31 | Author: Devin Moran
  • Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in can now have casual phone chats

According to the Korean Central News Agency, Kim said that the decision was made after determining that their nuclear program was successful and further actions to bolster it are no longer necessary.

"The northern nuclear test ground of the DPRK will be dismantled to transparently guarantee the discontinuance of the nuclear test", it said, referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

North Korea announced a halt to nuclear weapons development Saturday, a day after a key party meeting and less than a week before the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade.

"North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site", he tweeted. "North Korea's nuclear test center will be discarded in order to ensure the transparency of the suspension of the nuclear test".

North Korea's abrupt diplomatic outreach in recent months came after a flurry of weapons tests, including the underground detonation of a possible thermonuclear warhead and three launches of developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles created to strike the US mainland.

The decision came after a meeting of the ruling Worker's Party of Korea on Friday.

Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un will discuss the current situation between the two nations during a summit next week. When the leader seemed to indicate he would cease his activities if Trump would meet with him, the USA president took the bait. North Korea has since intensified diplomatic efforts.

The senior official added that the announcement needs to be studied carefully.


Moon said, "I don't think denuclearization has different meanings for South and North Korea".

The formal declaration of an end to testing comes after Kim stated in his New Year speech that the development of North Korea's nuclear force had been completed.

Trump and Kim now are now expected to meet in late May or June.

Kim had been preaching for the "byongjin" policy of simultaneously seeking nuclear and economic development, which was adopted at the WPK's meeting held in March 2013.

The announcement said the government is making the moves to shift its national focus and to improve the economy.

But on Friday, the KCNA said: "The overall projects of the party and the country will be geared towards building of a socialist economy, and all our efforts will be made towards it".

The North also vowed to actively engage with regional neighbours and the global community to secure peace on the peninsula and create an "optimal worldwide environment" to build its economy.

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