Pyongyang: North Korea has said it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests ahead of a new round of negotiations with South Korea and the United States.

Pyongyang said it also plans to close its nuclear test site, although there was no clear indication if it would be willing to deal away its arsenal. Leader Kim Jong Un declared the nation’s nuclear force as complete in November after a slew of weapons tests that included the underground detonation of a purported thermonuclear warhead.

After the announcement on Saturday about testing, US president Donald Trump tweeted,: “This is very good news for North Korea and the World” and “big progress!”  He also said he is looking forward to his upcoming summit with Mr Kim.

South Korea’s presidential office welcomed North Korea’s announcement as “meaningful progress” toward the denuclearisation of the peninsula. Presidential official Yoon Young-chan said in a statement that the North’s decision brightens the prospects for successful talks between Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the country is making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy. The North also vowed to actively engage with regional neighbors and the international community to secure peace on the peninsula and create an “optimal international environment” to build its economy.