North Korea’s test freeze pledge: reading between the lines
Many points of contention remain as Pyongyang prepares for two historic summits
Kim Jong Un made a series of statements at the 3rd Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea that indicate the nuclear and ICBM programs may be slowing down. These statements did not include a robust commitment to denuclearization, but are potentially positive steps towards an arms control treaty.
There are several major unresolved issues, however, left unaddressed by these statements – which can be found here in English and Korean.
Kim Jong Un claimed the DPRK is ending its nuclear and ICBM testing, closing its “northern nuclear testing site
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