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EU, Trump and Russia praise North Korea's plan to halt nuclear tests

Donald Trump tweeted that “progress [is] being made for all”.

 Kim Jong-un
Kim Jong-un
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THE EUROPEAN UNION has described North Korea’s decision to halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches as “a positive, long sought-after step”.

The announcement by Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong-un shows “full respect for its international obligations and all relevant UN Security Council resolutions”, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement today.

Kim’s declaration comes less than a week before he meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit in the Demilitarised Zone that divides the peninsula, ahead of an eagerly awaited encounter with US President Donald Trump.

“We hope that these high-level initiatives can continue to build confidence and bring about additional, concrete and positive outcomes,” Mogherini said.

“The EU will continue its work to support a negotiated solution in all possible ways,” she added.

After the news was announced, Trump tweeted that “progress [is] being made for all“.

The Russian foreign ministry also released a statement welcoming the development. “We consider the given decision an important step towards the future easing of tensions in the Korean peninsula,” the ministry said.

© AFP 2018 , with reporting by Órla Ryan

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