European Union welcomes NK's decision to stop nuclear, missile tests

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Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Kono said the North made no mention of abandoning nuclear arms, although its announcement is based on the idea that the country has nuclear weapons.

South Korea's presidential office also welcomed North Korea's announcement as "meaningful progress" toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

He reiterated the commitment and support of the United Nations system in that endeavor and wished successes to the leaders of the two Koreas in 'their fearless and important task of resuming a honest dialogue'.

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". He also praised the establishment of a direct telephone link between the leaders of North and South Korea.

The announcements came earlier North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is place to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a boundary truce village for a unusual summit aimed toward solving the nuclear standoff.

Kim recalled that at the end of 2017, the Asian country completed its nuclear program and that since then, the global situation has changed in a favorable way for that nation.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has welcomed North Korea's decision to suspend all nuclear testing as a move in the right direction.

Margot Wallstrom said Saturday that it's "good news" that steps are being taken "to de-escalate and to defer from further bomb and missile tests".

Local North Korean KCNA news agency also reported that a test site, Punggye-ri will be shuttered, in a significant development that sets the stage for North Korea's diplomatic engagements with its southern counterpart and the US.

But Kim offered no sign he might be willing to give up what he called the North's "treasured sword", saying its possession of nuclear weapons was "the firm guarantee by which our descendants can enjoy the most dignified and happiest life in the world".

Several factors have driven the Korean rapprochement, including the North feeling that it can now negotiate from a position of strength, concern about the belligerence of the Trump administration, and the looming impact of sanctions. A separate meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump is anticipated in May or June. Both countries have been pushing Pyongyang to denuclearise. He added that he's looking forward to his summit with Kim.

The North's conclusions were created at a meeting of this ruling party's complete Central Committee which had convened to go over some "new period" of coverages.

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