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North Korea suspends nuclear and long-range missile tests

  • North’s official news agency said the freeze on tests went into effect on Saturday
  • Claimed it was making the move to shift its national focus and improve economy
  • It comes days before a summit between Kim and South’s President Moon Jae-in

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

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the suspension of nuclear and ICBM tests went into effect on Saturday.

The country says it is making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy.

South Korean army soldiers pass by a wire fence decorated with ribbons written with messages wishing for the reunification of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, Friday, April 20, 2018

The announcements came days before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a border truce village for a rare summit aimed at resolving the nuclear stand-off with Pyongyang.

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.

US President Donald Trump is set to meet Kim Jong Un in the coming months.  

Kim Jong Un on April 1

President Trump at Mar-a-Lago on April 18

Kim Jong Un (left, at a concert in Pyongyang on April 1) is set to meet President Trump (right, at Mar-a-Lago on April 18) in the coming months 

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