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Rep. Susan Davis holds panel on North Korea

22 April 2018, 03:58 | Colleen Roy

Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera at a news conference

Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera at a news conference

The North had successfully developed its arsenal, including miniaturising warheads to fit them on to missiles, Kim said, and so "no nuclear test and intermediate-range and inter-continental ballistic rocket test-fire are necessary for the DPRK now".

In an earlier statement released by his office, Guterres wished the two Koreas ahead of their April 27 summit "every success in their courageous and important task of resuming honest dialogue leading to sustainable peace on the Korean Peninsula".

As the two sides prepare for the inter-Korean summit next week, the ROK said on Wednesday that it hopes to end an armistice left by the 1950-53 Korean War and build permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Big win for President Donald Trump on Friday as North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un made a nuclear U-turn and announced he was suspending the country's nuclear and missile tests and shutting the country's nuclear test site in the north.

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.

Russian Federation is welcoming North Korea's decision to suspend nuclear and missile tests, while simultaneously urging the United States and South Korea to scale back on their own military activities in the peninsula.

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement that the North's announcement has to lead to its complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

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.

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".

The CIA refused to comment on the nature of the building, which has raised questions about the legitimacy of Pyongyang's promise to denuclearisation.

The EU expressed support for the upcoming summits between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, as well as that between Kim and US President Donald Trump.

It's unbelievable that North Korea has begun to transform - at least based on Kim Jong Un's recent actions in terms of his willingness to meet with world leaders, all of which came after the 2018 Winter Olympics, held in the capital of South Korea. "Look forward to our Summit", Trump wrote on Twitter.

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.

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