North Korea says will stop nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared on Saturday that Pyongyang would halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches
  • The country will instead pursue economic growth and peace

North Korea has announced that it will immediately stop nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches and instead pursue economic growth and peace, the North’s state media said on Saturday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country no longer need to conduct nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile tests because it had completed its goal of developing nuclear weapons.

“The northern nuclear test ground of the DPRK will be dismantled to transparently guarantee the discontinuance of the nuclear test,” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

North Korea said that to create an “international environment favorable” for its economy, it would “facilitate close contact and active dialogue” with neighboring countries and the international community.

Trump welcomed the statement and said he looks forward to a summit with Kim.

“North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the World – big progress! Look forward to our Summit,” Trump said on Twitter.