North Korea to suspend nuclear tests and missile launches
North Korea has declared to stop its tests of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, and shut down its nuclear test site, in a very dramatic and much-anticipated meeting between its leader, Kim Jong-un, and US President Donald Trump.
The declaration was brought into immediate effect on 21st April, as per state-run KCNA news agency.
The US president tweeted the news saying: “This is very good news for North Korea and the World – big progress!”
The news comes within a week before the North Korean leader meets the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, for a summit in the demilitarized zone that divides the peninsula.
South Korea’s presidential office said, “It will create a very positive environment for the success of the upcoming inter-Korean and North-US summits,” It also added that the announcement is a “meaningful progress” towards denuclearization.
The declaration by North Korea also sets forward to meet US demands for Denuclearization, as both the countries work together to come to terms on a much awaited and needed historic talks that seemed impossible a few months ago.
North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests at Punggye-ri test site, North Korea. It conducted its first test of nuclear weapon in 2006, while its last and most powerful test happened in September, 2006.
All those tests and a bunch of missile launches throughout 2017 by North Korea were unwelcomed and considered as a threat. This had created a conflicting atmosphere among many nations. Some analysts considered North Korea’s announcement on denuclearization with caution as North Korea had revoked on several previous nuclear deals and Saturday’s declaration did not include shorter-range ballistic missiles capable of striking Japan and South Korea.
Many believe that Kim Jong-un’s announcement shouldn’t be considered as a concrete promise, but should only be seen as the foundation of a complex discussion.
Saturday’s announcement was made after a hotline between Kim and the South Korean president went live. The two countries look forward to hold a summit next Friday on the southern side of the demilitarized zone. The meeting is expected to be followed in May or June by a meeting between Kim and Trump.
The US president on Wednesday declared to meet Kim “in the coming weeks” but said he was prepared to disregard and walk away if the talks were not fruitful.