Kim Jong Un announces 'discontinuance' of nuclear, missile tests


"We salute the declaration of president of the Workers" Party of Korea, Kim Jong-un, approved on April 20 through a decree of the plenary of the Central Committee of the WPK that the DPRK resigns to all nuclear and missile tests as of April 21', underlines a note of the Foreign Ministry.

South Korea said the North's decision signified "meaningful" progress toward denuclearisation of the peninsula and would create favourable conditions for successful meetings with it and the United States.

In 2008, North Korea signalled it would curb its nuclear program by televising the destruction of a water-cooling tower at a plutonium extraction facility, only to announce that it would "readjust and restart" in 2013.

An English-language color handout distributed prior to this past January "mentions that the graphite can be used to make artificial isotopes or as a moderator", writes author David Albright in a report titled, "North Korea may be proliferating controlled nuclear goods".

He also says he's looking forward to his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The EU will "continue to support a negotiated solution in any way possible", she said, while also maintaining strong pressure on North Korea through sanctions.

Australia's Foreign Prime Minister echoed that sentiment.

"They might be looking for freeze-for-freeze deals".

'As the weaponization 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 the assembled party cadres. It was wrapped in this seeming concession, but it's not really a concession.

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The change in North Korea's policy was announced via state news agency KCNA.

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday night about reassuring signals from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and said it was a sign "Progress being made for all".

North Korea further claimed that a nuclear test center "will be discarded in order to ensure the transparency of the suspension of the nuclear test".

But Kim gave no indication Pyongyang might be willing to give up its nuclear weapons, or the missiles with which it can reach the mainland United States.

Last year, Pyongyang tested a new intercontinental ballistic missile it said could reach the U.S. mainland, raising the prospect that Kim could follow through on his threat to target the United States.

The planned encounter follows months of warming relations since Kim held out an olive branch in his New Year's Day speech.

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement that the North's announcement has to lead to its complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

This measure is part of the so-called Peace Offensive led by Kim and happens one week before his meeting in Panmunjom, with the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in.