Move comes ahead of expected meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
As a potential meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un draws closer, North Korea appears to be laying the groundwork for potential cooperation.
They have announced that nuclear tests and ICBM tests have been suspended. They are also pledging to close a nuclear test site.
According to the regime, they are making the move to shift their national focus towards improving their economy. They say the want to build an “optimal international environment” for economic success.
While everything said by North Korea’s regime needs to be taken with a grain of salt, it’s a step in the right direction, and is encouraging.
Here’s how Donald Trump responded to the announcement from North Korea:
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.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018
As noted by the AP, “The North’s decisions were made in a meeting of the ruling party’s full Central Committee which had convened to discuss a “new stage” of policies.”
North Korea has a history of making proposal for concessions, and then going back on those proposals. Even so, Donald Trump appears to be closer than past US Presidents to bringing about a possible resolution to the ongoing tension on the Korean Peninsula, rather than kicking the can down the road like Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama did.