Trump, China welcome North Korea nuclear test halt, Japan not satisfied

North Korea is set for summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next week and with President Trump in late May or early June. (Reuters)

China’s foreign ministry said on Saturday it welcomed a move by North Korea to halt nuclear and missile tests, which it said would help ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and promote denuclearization.

“The Chinese side believes that North Korea's decision will help ameliorate the situation on the peninsula,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on its website. “China welcomes this.”

North Korea’s state media said earlier on Saturday the country would immediately halt nuclear and missile tests and abolish a nuclear test site in a bid to pursue economic growth and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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North Korea is set for summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in next week and with US President Donald Trump in late May or early June.

Japan not satisfied

Japan is not satisfied with North Korea’s pledge to halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches, its defense minister said on Saturday, warning that Tokyo will continue to put maximum pressure on Pyongyang.

“We can’t be satisfied,” Itsunori Onodera told reporters in Washington, saying North Korea did not mention “abandonment of short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles”.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday cautiously welcomed North Korea’s pledge to halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches but its defense minister warned Tokyo will continue to put maximum pressure on Pyongyang.

Trump tweet

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has welcomed news that Pyongyang has suspended nuclear missile testing.

In a tweet sent out on Saturday, he said: “A message from Kim Jong Un: “North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles.” Also will “Shut down a nuclear test site in the country’s Northern Side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear tests.” Progress being made for all!”

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