Nations worldwide welcome DPRK's decision to suspend nuclear, ICBM tests

Saturday, 2018-04-21 22:12:15
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The photo provided by the KCNA shows a view of the Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, the DPRK, on April 20, 2018. (Photo:Xinhua/KCNA)
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Nations worldwide on April 21 welcomed the decision made by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to suspend nuclear tests and inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that "there is hope" in DPRK negotiations.

“I believe that if things go well and I hope things will go well they will prove that the Security Council can be effective when it is united”, he added.

The Republic of Korea (RoK)'s presidential Blue House hailed the DPRK's announcement of discontinuing nuclear and missile tests as a "meaningful progress."

Yoo Young-chan, senior presidential press secretary, said in a statement that the Blue House welcomed the DPRK's decision to close its nuclear testing facility and discontinue nuclear and missile tests.

He said the DPRK's decision was a meaningful progress toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which the entire world desires.

The DPRK's top leader Kim Jong-un and the RoK President Moon Jae-in are scheduled to hold their first summit meeting on April 27 in the border village of Panmunjom.

It would contribute to setting a very positive tone for a success in the upcoming summits of Pyongyang with Seoul and Washington, Yoon noted.

He said RoK will make best efforts to let the inter-Korean summit become a guidance to denuclearize the peninsula and build a permanent peace.

China on April 21 welcomed the decision made by the DPRK to suspend nuclear tests and ICBM tests. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang made the remarks in a statement.

We believe that the relevant decision made by the DPRK will help to further ease the situation on the Korean Peninsula, denuclearize the Peninsula and politically resolve the Korean Peninsula issue, said Lu.

He pointed out that achieving the denuclearization of the Peninsula and the lasting peace in the region serve the common interests of the people on the Peninsula and in the region and meet the shared aspirations of the international community.

China wishes that the DPRK will score achievements in developing its economy and improving people's livelihood, he said.

The spokesman also pledged China's support for joint efforts in promoting regional peace and stability.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on April 21 he welcomed DPRK's statement that it was suspending all nuclear and missile tests as "forward motion" but that this must lead to verifiable denuclearisation.

Abe, who came back from his visit to Washington for talks with US President Donald Trump, told reporters that Japan welcomes DPRK's statement but would take a close look at the results.

The Russian Foreign Ministry on April 21 hailed the decision of the DPRK to suspend nuclear tests and urged the RoK and the United States to act accordingly for a peaceful settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue.

"We consider this decision as an important step towards further easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula and consolidating positive trends towards normalizing the situation in Northeast Asia," the ministry said in a statement.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was pleased to note that the situation on the peninsula was developing in a positive manner in accordance with the political settlement proposed by Russia and China.

"We urge the United States and the RoK to take adequate measures aimed at reducing military activities in the region and achieving mutually acceptable agreements with the DPRK at the upcoming inter-Korean and US-DPRK summits," the statement said.

US President Donald Trump on April 20 (local time) tweeted twice to commend the DPRK's earlier announcement to suspend its nuke and nuclear and ICBM tests.

Trump said in the first twitter that the announcement and the decision of the DPRK are "very good news" for the country and the world.

"Big progress!" He tweeted, adding that he looks forward to his meeting with the DPRK's top leader Kim Jong-un. "Progress being made for all!" he added.

The European Union (EU) on April 21 hailed the decision by the DPRK to suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches.

The move "is a positive, long-sought-after step on the path that has now to lead to the country's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization," EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

Mogherini said the EU looks forward to the meeting, and hopes that these high-level initiatives can continue to build confidence and bring about additional concrete and positive outcomes.

Britain said on April 21 that DPRK's plan to cease nuclear tests would be a positive step and that it hoped this was a sign of good faith.

"A long term commitment from Kim Jong-un to halt all nuclear tests and ICBM launches would be a positive step. We hope this indicates an effort to negotiate in good faith," the British government said in a statement.

"We remain committed to working with our international partners to bring about our goal of a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, and to do so through peaceful means."

The statements came after top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un said at the Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) that he would discontinue nuclear and missile tests.

The meeting was held on April 20 and carried early on April 21 by the Korean Central News Agency.

Kim's announcement came a week ahead of his first summit meeting with RoK President Moon Jae-in in the border village of Panmunjom.

Kim said all efforts of his country must now concentrate on economic construction to upgrade the people's living standard.

The Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK said the DPRK's northern nuclear test ground would be dismantled to transparently guarantee the discontinuance of the nuclear test.

The DPRK will never use nuclear weapons nor transfer nuclear weapons or nuclear technology under any circumstances unless there are nuclear threats and nuclear provocations against the country, according to the KCNA.

Xinhua,KCNA, Reuters
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