North Korea Makes Massive Announcement About Its Nuclear Missile Program

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April 20, 2018Apr 20, 2018

We're receiving reports that North Korea is planning to end its nuclear and long-range missile tests that have been seen as a threat to the safety of the U.S. and its allies. The country says it will also close one of its nuclear test sites. 

At least, that's the way many media outlets are reporting it. A quote from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un sounded a little more ominous.

According to CNN, the dictator said that "under the proven condition of complete nuclear weapons, we no longer need any nuclear tests, mid-range and intercontinental ballistic rocket tests, and that the nuclear test site in northern area has also completed its mission."

This announcement came from their state-run news agency KCNA. The change is said to go in effect on Saturday.

South Korean news agency Yonhap said, "From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country's northern side to guarantee transparency in suspending nuclear tests."

It's a little unclear at this time if North Korea is giving up on their nuclear program or saying they've completed their goal.

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A historic meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un is planned for May or June, according to CNBC. It's location has not yet been determined, although Mongolia, Sweden, and the capital city of North Korea have been floated as possibilities. 

This story is still developing.