Britain has given a cautionary response to North Korea’s historic announcement to halt its nuclear and missile tests.
The government said in a statement: “A long term commitment from Kim Jung 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.
“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 reaction comes after the country’s state news agency stunned the world when it said: “From 21 April, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles.”
The North Korean leader said the country didn’t need to continue testing its nuclear capabilities because they have been “verified”.
In response, the European Union’s foreign affairs chief said North Korea’s announcement to stop nuclear tests was a positive step and called for an “irreversible denuclearisation” of the Asian country.
Federica Mogherini said: “The North Korean move is a positive, long sought-after step on the path that has now to lead to the country’s complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation.”
The hermit kingdom’s only ally, China, and the United States have praised the announcement.
An official spokesman from China said: “The Chinese side believes that North Korea’s decision will help ameliorate the situation on the peninsula. China welcomes this.”
Donald Trump praised the move and tweeted that it is “very big news” and shows “big progress”.
However, North Korea’s neighbour to the south remains skeptical.
The President Moon Jae-in said ahead of their summit this month that there is a possibility of a peace agreement if the hermit kingdom denuclearises.