South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday praised the declaration of a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests by the North’s leader Kim Jong Un, days before a summit between the two men.
Pyongyang’s move was “a significant decision towards total denuclearization of the Korean peninsula”, Moon said in a meeting with aides.
Kim declared that Pyongyang had no further need for nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile launches, and no further use for its atomic test site, the North announced at the weekend.
The statement was immediately welcomed by US President Donald Trump, who is expected to hold a summit of his own with Kim soon.
Moon said Monday that the North’s move was “a green light that improves the prospect of success of the inter-Korea and North-US summits”.
“If the North takes a step towards denuclearization, starting from nuclear moratorium, it could guarantee a bright future,” he added.
The latest step, he said, “raises hopes that the pace will accelerate”.