Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

UN Welcomes North Korea's Suspension Of Nuclear Tests

UN Welcomes North Korea's Suspension Of Nuclear Tests

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says North Korea's pledge to shut down its nuclear test site and suspend missile launches is insufficient but does represent a step forward.

He said he has to wait and see what Pyongyang will say in its upcoming summits with Seoul and Washington.

Kim's announcement comes two days after Trump expressed optimism about negotiations to meet with North Korea's dictator, but promised to cancel the meeting, or even walk out during the summit if there are signs it "is not going to be fruitful".

Although Pyongyang said it would abolish its nuclear test site, there was no indication it was planning to get rid of its existing weapons. This is very good news for North Korea and the World - big progress!

Kim Dong-gil, the director of the Korean Peninsula Center at Peking University, says now that North Korea has nuclear weapons, he believes they will use them as a bargaining chip to officially end the 1950-53 Korean War, make arrangements to guarantee North Korea's safety and ultimately allow North Korea to open up its economy to the rest of the world.

China, North Korea's main ally, welcomed Pyongyang's decision.

The plant is reportedly being constructed in the northern city of Chongsu directly across from China.

The thawing of relations between the DPRK and the ROK started with Kim's New Year speech, where he said that his country was "a peace-loving and responsible nuclear power", and called for lower military tension and improved ties with the ROK.

According to the decision, the DPRK will never use nuclear weapons nor transfer nuclear weapons or nuclear technology under any circumstances unless there are nuclear threats and nuclear provocations against the DPRK.

Trump also said he "will remain flexible" in talks.

"If I think that it's a meeting that is not going to be fruitful, we're not going to go", Trump told reporters at Mar-a-Lago.

North Korea's sudden diplomatic outreach in recent months came following a flurry of weapons tests, including the underground detonation of a potential thermonuclear warhead along with three slips of cerebral intercontinental ballistic missiles developed to strike the USA mainland.

The CIA refused to comment on the nature of the building, which has raised questions about the legitimacy of Pyongyang's promise to denuclearisation.

He reiterated the commitment and support of the United Nations system in that endeavor and wished successes to the leaders of the two Koreas in 'their fearless and important task of resuming a honest dialogue'.

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