Mysterious factory could cast doubt on North Korea's denuclearisation claims

Elias Hubbard
April 22, 2018

The new North Korean policy sets the table for further negotiations when the summits begin.

The North also vowed to consciously participate with regional neighbors as well as the global community to secure peace in the Korean Peninsula and build the "optimal global atmosphere" to create its market.

The decision came as the leaders of the DPRK and the Republic of Korea (ROK) are preparing to hold a significant inter-Korean summit on April 27, as well as a much-anticipated meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump by late May or June.

North Korea announced that it will suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of its summits with Seoul and Washington, but stopped short of suggesting it has any intention of giving up its hard-won nuclear arsenal.

If the summit happens, Trump will be the first sitting U.S. president to meet a DPRK leader.

The decisions were made by the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korean (WPK) on Friday, according to the KCNA.

North Korea said early Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site.

The agency quoted Kim as saying during the meeting: "atomic progress has proceeded scientifically and also in due order and also the growth of the delivery strike means also proceeded scientifically and affirmed that the completion of atomic weapons".

Japan is not satisfied with North Korea's pledge to halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches, its defence minister said today, warning that Tokyo will continue to put maximum pressure on Pyongyang.

Some analysts see Kim as inputting the discussions from a position of energy following declared his induce as complete. In March, Kim told a South Korean delegation that he "understood" the need for joint US-South Korean military drills.

Seoul claims Kim has expressed genuine interest in dealing his weapons away.

This positive development contributes to building trust and a longer process leading to the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Guterres said in a statement released by the office of the spokesman for the UN's top representative.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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