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North Korea suspends missile launches and shuts down nuclear test site ahead of key summitsOlder articles »
nothing less, nothing more. pic.twitter.com/zFwti5vWNj— Abraham M. Denmark (@AbeDenmark) April 20, 2018 Nam Sung-wook, professor of North Korean Studies at Korea University in Seoul, said it was "sensational" that Mr Kim had personally declared plans to suspend nuclear development, but added that his remarks left a number of questions. "It still does not seem clear if it means whether the North will just not pursue further development of its nuclear programmes in the future, or whether they will completely shut down 'all' nuclear facilities. And what are they going to do with their existing nuclear weapons?" Nam said. The Koreas are technically still at war because their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty and the North has been engaged in a standoff over its nuclear and missile programmes that it conducts in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. But tensions have eased in recent months, with the North taking part in the Winter Olympics in the South in February and an exchange of threats of war with the United States and other bellicose rhetoric evaporating. The meeting between Mr Kim and Mr Moon will only be the third summit between the rivals since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War and could prove to be significant in the global diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. Hopes for US detainees The US president confirmed this week that CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a secret trip to North Korea over the Easter weekend to lay the groundwork for the unprecedented upcoming summit. The unexpected and clandestine meeting is believed to have taken place on April 1, the same day Mr Kim was also welcoming a delegation of K-pop stars to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. Mr Pompeo was given assurances by Mr Kim that a summit with the US president could be paired with the release of three detained US citizens, the Wall Street Journal reported. Plans for a summit between Mr Trump and the North Korean leader were moving toward a mid-June rendezvous somewhere outside northeast Asia, people briefed on the meeting told the newspaper. North Korea's nuclear history: key moments Plans are moving ahead, meanwhile, for the summit between Mr Kim and Mr Moon on Friday. The two countries installed a direct phone line between their leaders on Friday as they prepare for the first summit since 2007. South Korea's presidential Blue House and North Korea's State Affairs Commission tested the hot line for four minutes, the office said. "The call quality was very good and we felt like we got a call from our next-door neighbour," South Korea's director for the Government Situation Room, Youn Kun-young, told reporters. An official talks on a phone for testing a hotline between the two Koreas at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul Credit: Reuters Mr Moon will now be able to pick up his office phone to talk to Kim, instead of communicating through a hot line at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone. The leaders plan to make their first telephone conversation sometime before their face-to-face meeting on Friday at Panmunjom.
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