North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site

North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site

The proposed summit followed months of rising tension between the two countries over North Korea's refusal to stop ballistic tests.

US President Donald Trump says that if his planned talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are not fruitful he will "walk out".

Josh Pollack, senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, said the news was Kim's way of announcing his country is a fully paid-up member of the nuclear club.

The leader of North Korea decided to make it public that his country wouldn't be involved in any further testing of nuclear capabilities just one week prior to a slated meetup between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in, the President of South Korea.

But the Post, citing a report by the Institute for Science and International Security, said North Korea could be stringing the USA along, as Pyongyang has been seeking buyers for the graphite and even advertised its potency.

Ninety-three percent of Davis' constituents expressed concern about North Korea, while 61 percent said they were "very concerned", according to a survey conducted by the San Diego Democrat's office.

"Both cases are code for use in nuclear reactors, implying that North Korea is actively seeking buyers who would use the graphite for nuclear purposes".

South Korean envoys have previously cited Kim as promising no more tests, but the recent news is the first such announcement directly by Pyongyang.

But there is a long way to go and Moon himself acknowledged this week that the "devil is in the details".

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The EU will "continue to support a negotiated solution in any way possible", she said, while also maintaining strong pressure on North Korea through sanctions.

North Korea continues to make concessions ahead of the talks.

The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War. But South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympics in February gave an unexpected window for diplomacy, and in the weeks since there have been a flurry of visits to the North from China, South Korea and now the US. China, Kim's main ally, immediately announced it backed the move.

Moon said he saw the possibility of a peace agreement, or even worldwide aid for the North's economy, if it denuclearizes.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country no longer needs to conduct tests because it has completed its goal of developing nuclear weapons.

"We urge the United States and South Korea to take adequate measures aimed at reducing military activities in the region and achieving mutually acceptable agreements with the DPRK at the upcoming inter-Korean and U.S. -DPRK summits", the statement said. In a statement through his spokesman, he also wished the leaders of the two Koreas "every success in their courageous and important task of resuming honest dialogue leading to sustainable peace on the Korean Peninsula" ahead of next week's summit.

This measure is part of the so-called Peace Offensive led by Kim and happens one week before his meeting in Panmunjom, with the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in.

Six top South Korean officials will accompany Moon to the meeting, including his chief of staff, spy chief, national security adviser and unification, defence and foreign ministers.

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