North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says that he has halted all the missile tests and nuclear tests. He also said that his country will subsequently shut down the nuclear test site.
“From 21 April, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles,” the country’s state news agency reported.
According to Kim, further ballistic tests were unnecessary because Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities had been “verified”.
The surprise suspension comes as North Korea is preparing for historic talks with South Korea and the US.
The North Korean leader is due to meet his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in next week for the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade, and US President Donald Trump by June.
Both countries have been pushing Pyongyang to denuclearize and they reacted positively to the latest development.
“This is very good news for North Korea and the World – big progress!” US President Donald Trump posted on social media after the announcement