> North Korea saying it will suspend nuclear and missile tests effective immediately, and abolish a nuclear test site. The announcement coming Saturday, local time, from its State Media Korean Central News Agency. Following the announcement, President Donald Trump immediately tweeted, this is very good news for North Korea and the world, big progress, look forward to our summit.
North Korea's announcement comes on the heels of a surprise meeting of CIA Director Mike Pompeo with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang to lay the groundwork for a summit with the US. But Japan's Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera was quoted by news agency Kyoto as saying, it was not the time to ease pressure on North Korea.
North Korea shot missiles over Japan last year, setting off alarms and raising tensions with its neighbor. The KCNA report said North Korea is stopping it's nuclear testing in a bid to pursue economic growth and peace on the Korean peninsula. It added that Kim Jong Un said in a statement, his country no longer needs to conduct nuclear tests, or intercontinental ballistic missile tests, because it has completed weaponizing nuclear arms.
North Korea also said it would engage in talks with the international community paving the way for the summit with South Korea President,Moon Jae-in, planned for next week and a meeting with US President Donald Trump, in late May or early June.