North Korea Says It Will Suspend Nuclear And Missile Tests
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has decided to suspend nuclear and missile tests starting Saturday, April 21. In addition to that, he will shut down the site where the previous six nuclear tests were conducted.
Kim said in a statement that his country no longer needs to conduct nuclear tests or ballistic missile tests because it has completed weaponizing nuclear arms, state media Korean Central News Agency “KCNA” said.
The major announcement comes just six days before Kim is set to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and President Trump shortly after. Trump tweeted earlier today that Kim’s move is very good for “North Korea and the World – big progress! Look forward to our Summit.”
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018
North Korea has conducted six nuclear tests, the latest one occurred in September. The tests have sparked international condemnation, and just last year the United Nations imposed punishing sanctions on the isolated country.
If you can recall, Trump and Kim traded fiery rhetoric last year and in January over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Kim said in a New Year’s Day that “the entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, a nuclear button is always on my desk. This is reality, not a threat.”
Trump responded on Twitter, saying: “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”
Now that Trump and Kim seem to be on common grounds, it looks like we won’t have to see who’s button is really bigger.