North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has suspended all missile tests and announced to shut down the nuclear test sites.
The State news agency of North Korea KCNA reported, “From 21 April, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).”
According to the statement attributed to Mr. Kim, further nuclear tests were unnecessary because the nuclear capabilities of North Korea have been verified.
“The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country’s northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test.”
“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 KCNA said.
KCNA reported the North Korean leader said, “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.”
The North Korean leader’s statement also added, “The northern nuclear test site has completed its mission.”
The announcement came as a surprise to the international community as well as to the North Koreans.
His surprise announcement came as South Korea and North Korea prepare for a historic summit between the top leaders.
The U.S. President Donald Trump is set to meet the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in late May or early in June in a historic summit.
South Korea and the U.S. have been pushing North Korea to denuclearize. Both the countries have reacted positively to the announcement of the North Korean leader.
“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” President Trump following the announcement of Kim Jong-un.
South Korean President’s spokesperson said the announcement was a ‘meaningful progress’.
President Moon’s office said the announcement “will also contribute to creating a very positive environment for the success of the upcoming South-North summit and North-United States summit.”