Nortk Korea Promises to Stop Missile Tests and Abandon Nuclear Site in Preparation for Talks With the US

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Last Saturday, Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, has said that his country has stopped all missile tests and will shut down the nation’s controversial nuclear site.

The state news agency of the country said: “From 21 April, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles.”

The North Korean Leader said that further tests, which have caused alarm internationally, were no longer needed since its nuclear capabilities had been “verified.”

Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, posted on Twitter that the said announcement showed “progress for all.”

The shocking announcement is a far cry from the language that was used by Kim last January when he said that the nuclear button was “always on my desk.”

Since then, there have been some signs of progress with the United States in particular, after Trump agreed to a meeting with the North Korean leader last March.

Kim is also scheduled to meet Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, next week for the first summit to be held between the two sides in more than a decade, prior to his meeting with Trump in June.

However, it was reported by the AFP news agency that Japan was not satisfied with the pledge of the North Korean Leader and will continue to exert “maximum pressure” on the country over its nuclear programme.