North Korea suspends nuclear and missile tests, state media says

Pyongyang (AP): North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the suspension of nuclear and ICBM tests went into effect Saturday.

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The North also vowed to actively engage with regional neighbours and the international community to secure peace on the Korean Peninsula and create an “optimal international environment” to build its economy.

The announcements came days before North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a border truce village for a rare summit aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.

North and South Korea installed the first telephone hotline between their leaders Friday as they prepare for the summit.

Moon’s office welcomed the announcement as “meaningful progress” toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Presidential official Yoon Young-chan said in a statement Saturday local time the announcement will brighten the prospects for successful talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington.

A meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump is anticipated in May or June.

Trump responded to Friday’s announcement on Twitter, calling it “very good news for North Korea and the world.”

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