Donald Trump hails as "very good news" the decision by Kim Jong Un to stop missile launches and shut down its nuclear test site.
Kim Jong Un announces end to nuclear and long-range missile tests
By Alison Chung, News Reporter
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says Pyongyang has suspended its nuclear and long-range missile tests, and will shut down its atomic test site.
"From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs)," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
"The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country's northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test."
The North has carried out six nuclear weapon tests during Mr Kim's regime
The decision was made in a meeting of the ruling party's full Central Committee, which had convened to discuss a "new stage" of policies.
"The overall projects of the party and the country will be geared towards building of a socialist economy, and all our efforts will be made towards it," the KCNA said.
Mr Kim told the committee: "As the weaponisation of nuclear weapons has been verified, it is not necessary for us to conduct any more nuclear tests or test launches of mid- and long-range missiles or ICBMs.
"The northern nuclear test site has completed its mission."
The move comes less than a week before Mr Kim is due to meet South Korean leader Moon Jae-in for a rare summit, and ahead of a much-anticipated meeting with US President Donald Trump.
President Trump welcomed the North's announcement, calling it "big progress".