NORTH KOREA (OBSERVATORY) – North Korea will complete its nuclear tests and launches intercontinental ballistic missiles, the BBC reports citing North Korean sources. In nuclear tests, “there is no longer any need”, since Pyongyang “tested” its nuclear capabilities and intends to proceed to build a “socialist economy”, said the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un.
From April 21, North Korea will stop testing nuclear weapons and launching intercontinental ballistic missiles, the BBC reports citing North Korean media reports. According to the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, the tests are no longer necessary, as Pyongyang “tested” its nuclear potential. This “unexpected statement” was made on the eve of the preparation of historical talks between Pyongyang and South Korea and the United States.
Kim Jong-un plans to meet with his South Korean counterpart, Ming Zhe In, next week, and in June with the US president. As the publication reminds, South Korea and the United States exerted pressure on Pyongyang for the purpose of nuclear disarmament and reacted positively to the latest steps of the North Korean authorities.
“This is very good news for North Korea and the world – great progress,” US President Donald Trump said on his page on Twitter. And on Thursday the American leader said that for North Korea “bright prospects will open when it reaches nuclear disarmament.”
In turn, the representative of the President of South Korea described Pyongyang ‘s steps as “significant progress”. “This will also contribute to creating a very positive atmosphere for the successful holding of the forthcoming meeting between the North and South and the North and the United States,” Mun Jae Ina said.
The decision to stop the launch of nuclear missiles was made during a meeting of the central committee of the ruling North Korean party. According to Kim Jong-un, “the test site for nuclear weapons has completed its mission . ” At the same time, despite the termination of tests, Pyongyang does not plan to get rid of its nuclear weapons. According to North Korean media, the decision of the country’s leadership is connected with the desire to achieve economic growth. Kim Jong-un called on “to concentrate all efforts on the creation of a socialist economy,” sums up the BBC.