N. Korea suspends missile testing, closes nuclear site

Seoul: Ahead of a planned meeting with United States President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced the country will suspend its nuclear and missile tests and shut down a nuclear test site.

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that North Korea, amidst preparing for discussions with the United States and South Korea, would shut down its nuclear test site in the northern area.

“From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles,” Yonhap quoted the Korean Central News Agency as saying.

“The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country’s northern side to guarantee transparency in suspending nuclear tests,” the statement from North Korea added.

The decision was made in a meeting of the ruling Worker’s Party of Korea’s (WPK) full Central Committee that had convened to discuss a “new stage” of policies.

Kim Jong-un is set to hold a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next Friday.

A meeting between United States President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will possibly happen in May or early June, this year.