N Korean nuclear strike could cause chaos in US

There were previous reports that Kim does not like to travel by air, so a journey by special train sounds quite plausible.
Confirmed that it was him, this will be his first trip abroad since taking power. It has raised a great deal of curiosity why the kid would go by train, as the present Kim likes aircraft and flying. He often travels within NK by aircraft. His father however had a strong fear of flying. Kim Jong Il always traveled by train, ranging as far as Moscow on certain occasions.

Possible fear of a decapitation strike might be a reason, the NK’s hacked into the Souths computers, the breach of the Defense Integrated Data Center occurring in September 2016. The South were still attempting to determine the exact contents of the stolen data a year later, but felt that in the data stolen North Korean hackers had obtained a copy of the U.S. military’s OPLAN 5015. Though this will undoubtedly have changed, it may well have given the NK’s serious pause for thought.
 
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Obviously actions speak louder than words, what the 'trade off' is i.e. quid pro quo and what (if any) inspection regime there is to ensure DPRK aren't telling porkies again. Interestingly, Tubby III says Tubby I and II were both in favour of a 'denuclearised Korean peninsula':
“It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearisation on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il Sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong Il,” Kim Jong Un said, according to the ministry.

North Korea is willing to talk with the United States and hold a summit between the two countries, he said.

“The issue of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved, if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realisation of peace,” Kim said.
Possibly seeing how much they can rely on China before any meeting with the US:
Analysts said the meeting strengthened North Korea’s position ahead of any meeting with Trump by aligning Beijing and Pyongyang while reassuring China it was not being sidelined in any negotiations.

“It seems that North Korea is not ready to deal with the United States without support and help from its longtime ally China,” said Han Suk-hee, professor of Chinese Studies at South Korea’s Yonsei University.

A top Chinese diplomat, Politburo member Yang Jiechi, will brief officials, including President Moon Jae-in, in Seoul on Thursday about the Beijing talks, the presidential office in Seoul said.

Kim told a banquet hosted by Xi the visit was intended to “maintain our great friendship and continue and develop our bilateral ties at a time of rapid developments on the Korean peninsula”, according to KCNA.

Xi had accepted an invitation “with pleasure” from him to visit North Korea, KCNA said.
Some speculation that China didn't want Tubby III to meet Trump before Xi. Who knows how much credence to give that:
“China is North Korea’s lifeline, so the notion, from a Chinese perspective, that Kim Jong Un could have had these other two meetings before meeting with Xi Jinping, I think the Chinese just thought that is not going to happen,” said Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center in Beijing and the former White House representative to North Korea denuclearisation talks from 2007-2009.

Improving ties between North Korea and China would be a positive sign before summits involving the two Koreas and the United States, a senior South Korean official said on Tuesday.
 
Information and photos showing Kim's visit to China have emerged. North Korea's Kim commits to 'denuclearization' during visit, China says | CBC News



China has said that Kim was committed to 'denuclearization' and to meeting US officials.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged his commitment to 'denuclearization' and to meet U.S. officials, China said on Wednesday after his meeting with President Xi Jinping, who promised China would uphold its friendship with its isolated neighbour.
However, there was no mention of this by the North Korean KCNA news agency.
North Korea's KCNA news agency made no mention of Kim's pledge to denuclearize, or his anticipated meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump that is planned for some time in May.
The Chinese foreign ministry reported Kim as saying that "denuclearization on the peninsula" were the will of Kims father and grandfather (Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung). However, they will be willing to do this only if the US makes "progressive and synchronous measures" of their own. In other words, the nukes get dismantled only if the US makes concessions of its own.
"It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearization on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il-sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong-il," Kim Jong-un said, according to the ministry.

"The issue of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula can be resolved if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace," Kim said.
In previous talks North Korea said they would give up their nuclear weapons program only if the US withdrew its troops from South Korea and withdrew its nuclear umbrella from South Korea and Japan, although it is not entirely clear what the latter would entail in practice.
The North had said in previous, failed talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear program it could consider giving up its arsenal if the United States removed its troops from South Korea and withdrew its so-called nuclear umbrella of deterrence from South Korea and Japan.
Many people believe this is still North Korea's position on this issue.
Many analysts and former negotiators believe this still constitutes North Korea's stance and remain deeply skeptical Kim is willing to give up the weapons his family has been developing for decades.
The visit by Kim to Beijing was not an official state visit, but it had many trappings of one.
Kim's appearance in Beijing involved almost all the trappings of a state visit, complete with an honour guard and banquet at Beijing's Great Hall of the People.




The Chinese talked to the Americans about the visit afterwards.
China briefed Trump on Kim's visit and the communication included a personal message from Xi to Trump, the White House said in a statement.

"The United States remains in close contact with our allies South Korea and Japan. We see this development as further evidence that our campaign of maximum pressure is creating the appropriate atmosphere for dialogue with North Korea," it said.

Trump also wrote about the matter early Wednesday on Twitter.
A top Chinese diplomat will hold a meeting with the South Korean government on Thursday to discuss the visit from North Korea.
A top Chinese diplomat, Politburo member Yang Jiechi, will brief officials, including South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in Seoul on Thursday about the Beijing talks, the presidential office in Seoul said.
The North Koreans said that Xi has accepted an invitation to visit North Korea.
Xi had accepted an invitation "with pleasure" to visit North Korea, KCNA said.
The Chinese made no direct mention of this, but their statement did imply that this was possible.
China made no mention of Xi accepting an invitation, but Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang pointed to a line in their statement citing Xi as saying he is willing to maintain regular communications with North Korea via visits and exchanges of envoys and messages.

"I have to say that China and North Korea have a tradition of high-level mutual visits," Lu told a daily news briefing.
 
Well now wasn’t that a surprise.

Who knows, the Chinese may have politely been asking him to please stop testing in an area that is near the Chinese border, is leaking radiation, and if it caves in, could seriously threaten China.
 
The leaders of North and South Korea are to meet at the border for a summit on the 17th of April. Rival Korean leaders to meet April 27 in historic summit | CBC News
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a border village on April 27, the South announced Thursday after the nations agreed on a rare summit that could prove significant in global efforts to resolve a decades-long standoff over the North's nuclear program.
The meeting will take place on the southern side of Panmunjom.
The North's three delegates were led by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of a state agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs. The countries earlier this month reached an agreement for a summit on the southern side of the border village. Thursday's meeting was held to determine the date and other issues.
The two sides will hold a preliminary meeting on the 4th of April to discuss arrangements for the meeting.
The announcement was made after officials met at the border village of Panmunjom. The Koreas plan to hold another preparatory meeting on April 4 to discuss protocol, security and media coverage issues, according to a joint statement released by the countries.
They will hold a separate meeting to discuss communications issues, including setting up a hot line and exchanging documents.
The countries also agreed to hold a separate meeting to discuss communication issues, such as setting up a telephone hotline between Moon and Kim, and maintain working-level discussions through document exchanges, according to the statement.
Senior officials from the two sides made various positive sounding diplomatic noises after this most recent meeting.
Greeting the South Korean officials at the North Korea-controlled Tongilgak building, Ri said that the past 80 days have been filled with "unprecedented historic events" between the rivals, referring to the Koreas resuming dialogue before the Winter Olympics in the South and the agreement on the summit. He expressed hopes for an outcome that would meet the "hope and desire of the nation."

Cho, in response, said officials in the preparatory talks should do their best to set up a successful summit as the "current situation was created by decisions from the highest leaders of the North and South."
A number of South Korean pop singers will be performing in Pyongyang this Sunday and Tuesday. South Korea technicians flew to Pyongyang on Thursday to set up the equipment.
The planned summit between Moon and Kim will be preceded by performances of South Korean pop singers in North Korea this Sunday and Tuesday.

About 70 South Korean officials and technicians flew to Pyongyang on Thursday to set up the performance equipment. The South Korean artists performing in the North will include some of the country's most popular pop singers, including Cho Yong-pil, who performed in Pyongyang during a previous era of detente, and girl band Red Velvet.
These intent to hold these meetings were previously announced. The actual date and location for the meetings between Moon and Kim however has now been set.
 
U.S., South Korea kick off annual joint military exercises after...
Ex Foal Eagle, the joint RoK and US exercise has started. So far the DPRK has not mentioned them. Normally the rhetoric pushes them as a ‘prelude to invasion’:
South Korea and the United States kicked off their annual joint military exercises on Sunday after they were delayed by about a month for the Winter Olympics and to help create conditions for a resumption of talks between North and South Korea.

The Foal Eagle field exercise, which usually involves combined ground, air, naval and special operations troops, will continue for a month. The computer-simulated Key Resolve will be held for two weeks starting in mid-April.
Apparently to DPRK said to a RoK delegation Tubby III ‘understands’ the situation re the joint Exercises:
North Korea, which has traditionally accused both South Korea and the United States of practising invading the North during joint military drills, has remained quiet on the issue.

In March, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told a visiting South Korean delegation in Pyongyang that he “understands” the situation regarding the joint drills, according to South Korea’s National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong, who had led the delegation.
 
The South Korean musical performance took place as scheduled in Pyongyang on Sunday. Kim Jong-un watches performance by K-pop stars Red Velvet in sign of thawing tensions | CBC News
The concert was attended by Kim Jong-un together with South Korea's minister of culture, Do Jong-hwan.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un clapped his hands as he, along with his wife and hundreds of other citizens, watched a rare performance Sunday by South Korean pop stars visiting Pyongyang, highlighting the thawing ties between the rivals after years of heightened tensions over the North's nuclear program. (...)

Short pool TV footage also showed Kim, clad in a dark Mao-style suit, clapping from the second-floor VIP stand as South Korean Culture Minister Do Jong-hwan bowed and greeted North Korean spectators looking on from the first floor.
Kim is shown below with the South Korean cabinet minister at the concert.


A South Korean taekwondo demonstration also took place elsewhere in Pyongyang.
a South Korean taekwondo demonstration team also held a performance in Pyongyang on Sunday.
Another concert will be held on Tuesday, with this one being a joint concert with North Korean performers.
On Tuesday, the South Korean K-pop stars plan to hold a joint performance with North Koreans.
All of these together are part of the recent relaxation of tensions which began with the run-up to the South Korean Olympics.

Kim is scheduled to meet with South Korean president Moon on the 27th of April, and with Trump some time in May.
Kim is to meet Moon at a border village on April 27 and U.S. President Donald Trump in May in separate summit talks.
 
'Kin 'ell, and they're off again.
NORTH Korea could already be capable of hitting the UK with a nuclear warhead, a shock report warns.

The powerful Defence Committee urged a boost in Defence spending to avert tubby tyrant Kim Jong-un’s nuclear ambitions becoming reality.
They warned: “It is possible that North Korea can already strike the United Kingdom with ICBMs, which could potentially carry and deliver nuclear warheads.”

Despite the doomsday scenario, the Defence Committee claimed the crack pot dictator was still rational and could be reasoned with.

The report say said Jong-un, “is ruthless, like other Communist dictators before him, but he is rational”.

Adding “deterrence and containment” would dissuade him from launching all out nuclear war with the West.
North Korea could already be capable of hitting UK with nuclear warhead, shock report reveals
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So we have Russia, now DPRK (again)...how long till PRC (who rarely get any mention) get dragged into the equation?
 
The following is an interesting article on the extent to which China has been restricting trade with North Korea. Long story short - China's limits on exports to and imports from North Korea have been deeper, more extensive, and longer running than has often been reported in the western press.
China reduces imports from North Korea | CBC News

Chinese trade sanctions against North Korea go well beyond UN requirements. Total imports from North Korea are down by more than 85%, and exports to North Korea are down by 33%.
Beijing appears to have gone well beyond UN sanctions on its unruly neighbour, reducing its total imports from North Korea in the first two months this year by 78.5 and 86.1 per cent in value — a decline that began in late 2017, according to the latest trade data from China. Its exports to the North also dropped by 33 per cent to 34 per cent both months.
The news story suggests that it was Chinese pressure over the past five months on North Korea which caused Kim Jong-un to make his diplomatic overtures to Seoul and Washington.
The figures suggest that instead of being sidelined while North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his surprising diplomatic overtures to Seoul and Washington, China's sustained game of hardball on trade with Pyongyang going back at least five months may have been the decisive factor in forcing Kim's hand.
Rather interestingly, the story claims that roughly half of all transactions in North Korea are made in foreign currency, primarily Chinese yuan.
It accounts for the largest share of the North's dealings with the outside world and provides a lifeline to many of the necessities Pyongyang relies on to keep its nation fed and its economy from breaking down. Estimates vary, but it is believed that roughly half of all transactions in the North Korean economy are made in foreign currencies, with the Chinese yuan being the most common.
A western economist says that exports of petroleum to China are only 4 percent of what they were a year ago. I will add that is is possible that China's restrictions on oil shipments to North Korea may have been behind North Korea's attempts to import small amounts of oil via transfers at sea.
China's exports of refined petroleum have collapsed over the past five months — to an annual rate of less than 4 per cent of what it exported last year. With the pace on a downward trend, he believes, total exports could actually fall further.
North Korean imports of steel and cars from China have also fallen to a large degree. It is not clear whether China is blocking the sale, or whether North Korea simply cannot afford them.
North Korean steel imports from China have also collapsed in 2018, and the same goes for cars. Wolf notes that it's unclear if China is blocking such exports or North Korea simply can't afford them.
China's role in all this has been overlooked or not well understood in the west. China wants to play a central role in the crisis, but on their own terms. China will play a central role in any future talks.
"While China's role over the past few months has often been overlooked or little understood, it appears a strategy could be emerging: China wants to play a central role in 'resolving' this crisis, but wants to do it on its own terms," he wrote. "It's increasingly clear that Chinese pressure is a driving force and China will play a central role in any future talks."
A Chinese expert on North Korea noted that China accounts for roughly 80 percent of North Korea's trade, meaning the burden has fallen mainly on China to implement this. Chinese restrictions imposed last autumn on North Korean textile and sea food products were a major blow to Pyongyang.
Lu Chao, director of the Border Study Institute at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences, noted that China accounts for almost 80 per cent of the North's total trade, meaning the onus for implementing UN sanctions has been mainly borne by Beijing, whose enforcement has created "huge pressure on North Korea."

"There is no doubt China is doing more than ever when it comes to sanctions," he said, adding restrictions on sales of textile and seafood products to North Korea imposed by China last autumn "have dealt a huge blow to the country."

"China has played a very important role in promoting the current change of the situation," he said.
An American economist states he believes that North Korea's current account deficit has risen dramatically since China impose increased restriction on North Korean trade last autumn.
Georgetown University economist William Brown said he believes the North's current account deficit has risen dramatically since the strengthening last November of sanctions on North Korean exports by China, which he said are by now "certainly biting."

"Why is Kim venturing his offer now? My impression is he is feeling very strong pressure from China's virtual embargo on North Korea's exports, and what he must see as a gradual ratcheting down of needed imports, even petroleum," Brown wrote in a recent blog post. "This is an enormous economic hit of a sort the country has never had to deal with on this scale."
 
The US has said they have talked directly with North Korea and that Pyongyang are willing to discuss nuclear weapons at the upcoming meeting with the US.
North Korea's Kim Jong-un is ready to discuss nukes, U.S. official says | CBC News
A Trump administration official on Sunday said the U.S. had "confirmed that Kim Jong-un is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." A second official said that confirmation had come through direct contact between American and North Korean officials.
That's pretty much the only real news in that article, the rest being a repeat of previously reported events.
 
South Korean officials may visit North Korea ahead of the upcoming summit meeting.
South Korean officials may visit North Korea before summit | CBC News
South Korean security officials may visit North Korea ahead of the first summit since 2007 if more high-level talks are necessary, a Seoul official said on Tuesday, with the South hoping the North will reaffirm its commitment to denuclearize.
They are apparently discussing the wording of a possible joint statement to be released at the summit.
Seoul and Pyongyang are discussing the wording of a possible joint statement to be released at the summit, Im said.
A South Korea newspaper reported that the two sides have been discussing the possibility of a peace treaty to replace the armistice which has been in effect since the end of the Korean War.
South Korea's Munhwa Ilbo newspaper had reported earlier Tuesday that the two sides had been discussing plans for a permanent end to the war at the North-South summit, citing an unidentified South Korean official with knowledge of the matter.
 
Trump and Abe will be meeting in the US this week. I will skip over the trade issues which will likely dominate the talks and focus on North Korea related matters.
Trump says U.S., North Korea talking at 'extremely high levels' | CBC News
Donald Trump will play host to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., this week amid growing strain between the two countries over the U.S. president's planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his push for new tariffs.
Japan has been left out of recent developments with respect to changes involving North Korea. Abe will be trying to get promises out of Trump that Japan's interests won't be ignored.
Among the major powers in Northeast Asia, Japan has been left out of the recent flurry of diplomacy with North Korea. Abe will be seeking reassurance from Trump that security threats to Japan won't be overlooked in the U.S.-North Korea summit, slated for May or early June.
While the US may be worried about North Korea's ICBM, Abe is worried about short and medium range missiles, and is afraid that a nuclear deal which satisfies the US may leave Japan out in the cold.
Abe has voiced fears that short- and medium-range missiles that pose a threat to Japan might not be part of the U.S. negotiations, and has said he worries Trump may "end up accepting North Korea's possession of nuclear weapons."
Abe is also concerned about Japanese abductees. According to North Korea, all have been returned or since died, while Japan insists there are still a few more.
Abe is also expected to push the issue of Japanese abductees, one of his top policy priorities. Pyongyang has acknowledging abducting 13 Japanese in the late 1970s and early '80s, while Tokyo maintains North Korea abducted 17. Five have been returned to Japan. North Korea says eight others died and denies the remaining four entered its territory. Japan has not been satisfied with North Korea's explanation and has demanded further investigation.
Abe's grip on power in Japan is shaky and his poll ratings have plummeted at least partially due to a scandal involving land sales. There are mass protests demanding his resignation and posing a risk to maintaining his position as party leader beyond September. Based on this I suspect he can ill afford anything that looks like a foreign policy failure.
After five years in office, Abe is one of Japan's longest-serving prime ministers since World War II. But he has suffered plummeting poll ratings over allegations that a nationalist school linked to his wife got preferential government treatment in a land sale.

That has sparked mass protests demanding Abe's resignation, imperilling his chances of winning another term as ruling party leader in September and staying on as premier, despite winning a national election last year.
 
Mike Pompeo secretly met with Kim Jong Un
By Jeff Zeleny, Elise Labott and Eli Watkins, CNN

Updated 0111 GMT (0911 HKT) April 18, 2018





Mike Pompeo secretly met with Kim Jong Un - CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)CIA Director Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea over Easter weekend for a meeting with leader Kim Jong Un, sources confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.
One source said Pompeo took only intelligence officials with him on the trip, no White House or State Department officials.
The White House declined to comment on news of the visit after The Washington Post first reported, citing two sources with direct knowledge of the trip, that Pompeo had made the top-secret visit as an envoy for President Donald Trump.


CIA Director Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend
pompeo north korea - Twitter Suche

Must have been a very interesting recce for both parties.
 
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By Jeff Zeleny, Elise Labott and Eli Watkins, CNN

Updated 0111 GMT (0911 HKT) April 18, 2018





Mike Pompeo secretly met with Kim Jong Un - CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)CIA Director Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea over Easter weekend for a meeting with leader Kim Jong Un, sources confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.
One source said Pompeo took only intelligence officials with him on the trip, no White House or State Department officials.
The White House declined to comment on news of the visit after The Washington Post first reported, citing two sources with direct knowledge of the trip, that Pompeo had made the top-secret visit as an envoy for President Donald Trump.


CIA Director Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend
pompeo north korea - Twitter Suche

Must have been a very interesting recce for both parties.
Not sure if he’s been confirmed yet to take over from Tillerson but having the SoS visit to talk things through seems a good idea to me.
 
South Korean president Moon said that North Korea is willing to negotiate "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula without requiring US troops to withdraw from South Korea. North Korea showing 'will for a complete denuclearization,' South Korean president says | CBC News

Moon also said that "big-picture" agreements covering normalisation of relations should not be difficult to reach.
Moon said big-picture agreements about normalization of relations between the two Koreas and the United States should not be difficult to reach through planned summits between North and South, and between the North and the United States, in a bid to rein in the North's nuclear and missile programmes.
What North Korea is looking for is the end of hostile policies against North Korea, and security guaranties.
"They have not attached any conditions that the U.S. cannot accept, such as the withdrawal of American troops from South Korea. All they are expressing is the end of hostile policies against North Korea, followed by a guarantee of security."
North Korea will hold a meeting of their central committee on Friday which will discuss the situation and decide on new policy.
North Korea meanwhile will hold a plenary meeting of its ruling party's central committee on Friday, state media KCNA said on Thursday.

The meeting was convened to discuss and decide "policy issues of a new stage" to meet the demands of the current "important historic period", KCNA said.
 
North and South Korea have installed a "hot line" between their respective leaders. 'Like calling the next door:' Koreas set up hotline between leaders ahead of summit | CBC News
North and South Korea have installed the first-ever telephone hotline between their leaders as they prepare for a rare summit next week aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.
Moon and Kim intend to make their first phone call before meeting face to face next week.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plan to make their first telephone conversation sometime before their face-to-face meeting next Friday at the border truce village of Panmunjom.
The hot line will be maintained after the meeting, to assist in dialogue and reducing tensions.
Officials in South Korea say the hotline, which will be maintained after the summit, will help facilitate dialogue and reduce misunderstanding during times of tension.

"The historic direct telephone line between the leaders of the South and North has been connected a short while ago," South Korean presidential official Youn Kun Young said in a news briefing.

"The test call went on for four minutes and 19 seconds starting at 3:41 p.m. with (officials from) both sides speaking to each other ... The connection was smooth and the voice quality was very good. It was like calling the next door," he said.
 
Wonder if they realized they couldn't afford a nuclear arsenal?
They can’t, the US sanctions will be biting hard, and the fat kid met a bully who can bluster as loudly and aggressively, and has a way bigger stick/willy/war machine.

His exalted God like sense of power, invulnerability, and general omnipotence just got a wake up call from the large neighbour next door, who has a slightly clearer idea of just what’s involved, invited/told him to pop round and have a chat.

Trump may be a bit of a nightmare to the Western world, but he is also a nightmare to Russia China and North Korea and a few other hostile nations.

The Pakistani’s gave him some lip...and have been given a financial fat lip. The Palestinians have been a bit loud...the US owns them. Without US aid they would not even exist.

Putin mouthed off about shooting down missiles and even the platforms that launched them. His bluff was called and he is sitting rather pissed off and red faced right now.

Is it good? Not really, but it’s called reality, some see it others don’t.
 
@ThunderBox has already mentioned the BBC's news article, but the following is the CBC's report on North Korea's announcement that they are suspending nuclear and long range ballistic missile tests. North Korea suspends nuclear and missile tests, state media says | CBC News

North Korea has announced that effective Saturday, they will suspect nuclear and long range ballistic missile tests.
North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site.

The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the suspension of nuclear and ICBM tests went into effect Saturday.
They also said they would engage more with their neighbours in the region and the international community to secure peace and built their economy.
The North also vowed to actively engage with regional neighbours and the international community to secure peace on the Korean Peninsula and create an "optimal international environment" to build its economy.
These announcements come days before Kim's meeting with Moon. I will add that I think these announcements are likely intended to set the tone for this meeting. It may be that Moon will now feel obligated to reciprocate in order to maintain his credibility.
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 standoff with Pyongyang.
The North Korean news said that North Korea has no need to conduct more tests, because they have completed all the testing they need to do.
However, KCNA also quoted Kim saying that his country no longer needs to conduct nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile tests because it has completed weaponizing nuclear arms.
The northern nuclear test site will be closed.
"To secure transparency on the suspension of nuclear tests, we will close the republic's northern nuclear test site," the party's resolution said.
This decision came from a meeting of the Central Committee which was convened to discuss new policy directions.
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.

The Korean Workers' Party's Central Committee declared it a "great victory" in the country's policy line of simultaneously pursuing economic and nuclear development.
Trump announced that these latest developments were "very good news".
Trump responded to Friday's announcement on Twitter, calling it "very good news for North Korea and the world."

I would take this overall announcement as setting the stage for the upcoming meeting of the two leaders. North Korea goes into the meeting having announced something which acts as a goodwill gesture but which doesn't paint them into a corner if the negotiations don't pan out. They can always restart testing if they need to.

As the South goes into the meeting Moon will probably feel the need to make some comparable gesture in order to maintain his credibility at home. There are plenty of gestures Moon can make which will keep the momentum of the talks going but which can also be reversed if things turn sour.

For three generations the North Koreans have been trying to arrange a direct meeting with the US president to conduct broad negotiations with him. US policy up to now has been that North Korea must concede everything unilaterally, after which the US might possibly consider such a meeting with them and discussing peace.

Trump's decision to toss this policy aside may possibly turn out to be the most sensible thing he's done in the past year or so if it breaks the negotiating log jam and makes some forward progress. Personally I'm not of the opinion that the US loses anything of importance if Trump talks to Kim and they can't agree on anything.

The big loser in all this appears to be PM Abe of Japan. His policy has been that of no direct engagement with North Korea, but Moon and Trump have both ignored him.
 

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