Trump welcomes Kim's nuke test freeze announcement

"North Korea did not touch on denuclearization, but left door for negotiations by stating the suspension of nuke and missile tests", said Shin Beom-chul, a senior fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

Trump praised Kim's statement in a tweet shortly afterward, calling it "very good news for North Korea and the World". "This is very good news for North Korea and the World - big progress!" the U.S. leader tweeted. "Look forward to our summit".

North Korea has chose to shut down its main nuclear test site and suspend nuclear and missile tests, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said Saturday, ahead of historic summits with the South and the United States.

According to the Korean Central News Agency, Kim said that the decision was made after determining that their nuclear program was successful and further actions to bolster it are no longer necessary.

North Korea announced a halt to nuclear weapons development Saturday, a day after a key party meeting and less than a week before the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade.

Prior to Kim's announcement, South Korean president Moon Jae-in noted on Thursday that, besides North Korean willingness for "complete denuclearization", Pyongyang is also willing to negotiate with the United States under favorable conditions and will most likely not demand the withdrawal of U.S. forces stationed in South Korea. When the leader seemed to indicate he would cease his activities if Trump would meet with him, the USA president took the bait.

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The committee unanimously adopted a resolution that called for concentrating national efforts to achieve a strong socialist economy and "groundbreaking improvements in people's lives".

South Korean and United States officials have said Mr Kim is likely trying to save his broken economy from heavy sanctions.

North Korea has reportedly agreed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, pleasing the Trump administration, but there may be a disconnect when it comes to what exactly this means, North Korean state media reports indicate.

They "affirmed they would maintain pressure and sanctions to compel North Korea to abandon all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible fashion", according to the Japanese minister.

Kim said at the plenary session held in March 2013 that North Korea would develop its nuclear arsenal "simultaneously" with efforts to boost the nation's economy.

He declared: "Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea last week".

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