North Korea to stop nuclear tests and missile launches: state media

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced Friday that he would halt nuclear and missile tests, North Korean state media reported. 

At the same time, Pyongyang will also shutter a nuclear test site in the country's north, according to South Korea's Yonhap News agency.

The move comes just days before Kim is expected to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the border village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone between the rival Koreas.


The suspension of nuclear and missile tests also comes ahead of a highly anticipated meeting between Kim and President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE. That meeting will mark the first such encounter between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. president.

Trump tweeted about the news shortly after it broke, describing it as "big progress."

North Korea agreed to put a freeze on its nuclear and missile tests after the plans to meet with Trump were announced last month.

It was revealed on Tuesday that CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: States pull National Guard troops over family separation policy | Senators question pick for Afghan commander | US leaves UN Human Rights Council US pulls out of UN Human Rights Council Negotiators must redouble efforts as clock ticks on NAFTA MORE, who is also Trump's pick for secretary of State, traveled to North Korea over Easter weekend for a secret meeting with Kim.