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North Korea 'to suspend' nuclear and missile tests

Nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles to stop from April 21, Yonhap news agency reports.

Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced that his country will suspend nuclear and missile tests, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

"From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles," Yonhap quoted North Korean state media as saying on Saturday.

"The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country's northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test," the official KCNA news agency said, according to Yonhap.

The report came amid decreasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula ahead of a summit between the North and the South next week.

Last year, after conducting its most powerful nuclear test ever and saying it had successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile, North Korea announced that its nuclear programme was complete, added Novak.

Landmark meeting

Kim is to meet South Korean President Moon at a border village on April 27 and US President Donald Trump in the subsequent months in separate summit talks.

The inter-Korean summit next week will the the first such meeting since 2007 and only the third since the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Meanwhile, Kim's expected meeting with Trump will come after months of a diplomatic standoff that saw the two leaders exchange fiery military threats and personal insults.

A date for the meeting has not yet been set, with the White House still weighing five potential locations, according to comments made by Trump to reporters on Tuesday.

Trump earlier said the summit would take place "sometime in May or early June".


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