Japan not satisfied with N. Korea pledge, will continue pressure: defence chief

Japan not satisfied with N. Korea pledge, will continue pressure: defence chief

North Korean state media announced this weekend that Kim had chose to suspend the country's nuclear and missile tests and to close one of its nuclear-testing sites.

US President Donald Trump termed North Korea's decision as "big progress".

President Trump's aides aren't exactly buying all the good vibes around Pyongyang's offer to freeze nuclear weapons testing, the Washington Post reports.

An inter-Korean summit is due on April 27.

The new body includes the country's most powerful individuals in state, military and party affairs and is seen as crucial for Mr Kim to consolidate his power and centralise governance. Several items are on the agenda, including North Korea's nuclear arsenal.

In 2012, in his first public speech as North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un said he would not let his people "tighten their belt again", a startling admission of failure by a member of a ruling family that is seen as godlike and faultless.

North Korea is being urged to prove it's genuine in abandoning it's nuclear weapons program - after announcing it'll stop missile and nuclear tests in the region. Trump swiftly responded on Twitter.

North Korea is known to use this graphite in creation of nuclear reactors and has also reportedly attempted to sell the material to overseas buyers.

It is a decision that will contribute to denuclearize that territory and puta n end to the riffs inside and outside of the zone, said the Chinese spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, Lu Kang.

South and North Korea will hold a third round of working-level talks at the border village of Panmumjom tomorrow (Monday), to discuss the details for the upcoming summit between their leaders on Friday.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also welcomed the move. "But what's important is that this leads to complete, verifiable denuclearization".

Australia and Britain were also cautious.

A decades-long cycle of crises, stalemates and broken promises gave North Korea the room to build up a legitimate arsenal that now includes purported thermonuclear warheads and developmental ICBMs.

"To secure transparency on the suspension of nuclear tests, we will close the republic's northern nuclear test site", the party's resolution said. -North Korea summit. Trump said only time would tell whether or not his efforts are successful but insisted previous administrations had failed to act and he was doing what "should have been done a long time ago". It was reported by the North's state-run media early yesterday.

Many North Korea experts greeted Kim's announcement with quick skepticism, noting he signaled no intention of actually disarming, and wondering what concessions the enigmatic leader would now expect from the United States. But they vowed that the administration has learned from past mistakes in which North Korea violated agreements over its nuclear program after sanctions were lifted. The system swiftly, reliably and precisely detected all six DPRK declared nuclear tests.

That has threatened the policy of "byungjin" - simultaneous military and economic development - that Kim has adopted since taking power in 2011.

Kim did pledge to create an "international environment favorable for the socialist economic construction".