Eli Ridder | Report

North Korea’s leader Kim Jung-un says his country will stop carrying out nuclear and missile tests as of April 21, reported South Korean media on Friday.

The North, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, carried out several tests last year that led to heightened tensions.

“From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles,” the Korean Central News Agency said.

The decision is aimed at pursuing economic growth and peace on the Korean peninsular, state media report.

Mr. Kim is due to meet his South Korean counterpart President Moon Jae-in next week.

He is also expected to hold an unprecedented summit with U.S. President Donald Trump by June. If it takes place, it will be the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, according to reports.

“This is very good news for North Korea and the World – big progress!,” Mr. Trump tweeted after Kim Jong-un’s announcement.

More details to follow.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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