Kim Jong Un: North Korea no longer needs nuclear tests

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The CIA is investigating whether North Korea is building a new plant near the Chinese border to make nuclear-grade graphite, a mineral used to make nuclear reactors, The Washington Post reports.

North Korea says its quest for nuclear weapons is "complete" and it "no longer needs" to test its weapons capability, a significant development ahead of diplomatic engagement with South Korea and the United States.

Seoul says Kim has expressed genuine interest in dealing away his nuclear weapons.

"What's important is that this leads to complete, verifiable denuclearisation".

Trump has tweeted, "This is very good news for North Korea and the World" and "big progress!"

"Both cases are code for use in nuclear reactors, implying that North Korea is actively seeking buyers who would use the graphite for nuclear purposes".

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The regime conducted its most recent nuclear test in September 2017.

The North has long demanded the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the peninsula and an end to its nuclear umbrella over South Korea, something unthinkable in Washington.

'All they are talking about is the end of hostile policies against North Korea, followed by a guarantee of security'.

The EU will "continue to support a negotiated solution in any way possible", she said, while also maintaining strong pressure on North Korea through sanctions.

The United States stations 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War. Politicians, defense professionals, and people around the world anxious that North Korea could, in fact, send missiles all the way across the Pacific Ocean and into the United States of America. Mr Trump is expected to hold a summit with Mr Kim by June.

Moon said he saw the possibility of a peace agreement, or even worldwide aid for the North's economy, if it denuclearizes.

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This also comes just weeks before a meeting between current United States President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, seeming as if the leader of North Korea seeks diplomacy with the world at large.

Australia's Foreign Prime Minister echoed that sentiment.

In an earlier statement released by his office, Guterres wished the two Koreas ahead of their April 27 summit "every success in their courageous and important task of resuming honest dialogue leading to sustainable peace on the Korean Peninsula".

While North Korea's statement could indicate a positive step toward lowering tensions on the Korean Peninsula, it falls short of saying it would scrap its existing missiles or nuclear weapons.

Kim extended an invitation to South Korea's leader to go to Pyongyang, and the two agreed to meet Friday at the heavily fortified DMZ.

Six top South Korean officials will accompany Moon to the meeting, including his chief of staff, spy chief, national security adviser and unification, defence and foreign ministers.

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