A breaking announcement from Pyongyang North Korea has indicated that the country’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, has decided to halt any and all nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests as well as the country shutting down its nuclear weapons program.
“From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches. As the weaponisation of nuclear weapons has been verified, it is not necessary for us to conduct any more nuclear tests or test launches of mid- and long range missiles or ICBMs [Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles].” Kim decreed at the nations ruling party Central Committee meeting early Saturday morning. Kim also added that the northern nuclear test site close to the border with China is “mission complete” and will be closed down for any further tests.
This announcement from North Korea’s dictator seems to be a concession the United States and president Donald Trump were looking for prior to Trump’s visit with Kim projected in early June.
This also follows a phone meeting between Pyongyang and South Korean President, Moon Jae-In where Moon expressed Pyongyang’s desire to completely denuclearize. Kim also announced that since the world seems to now recognize North Korea as a superpower by the international community, he will be opening up North Korea to trade with western countries and begin focusing on North Korea’s desperately broken economy.
North Korea also has decided to drop its demand for the removal of U.S. troops stationed along the the Demilitarized Zone and within South Korea itself before even considering . The presence of U.S. troops in South Korea was something Pyongyang, who have longed feared U.S. invasion, used as the excuse to seek a nuclear weapons program.
And true to form U.S. President Donald Trump took to twitter to express his elation on this historic announcement from North Korea tweeting, “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.”
U.S. senior Pentagon officials are cautiously optimistic and will more than likely cool the heels of the Trump administration and the international community by advising that the U.S. and its allies exercise a “trust, but verify” approach to this latest announcement from North Korea.
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