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 TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation 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: Esper says 'most believe' Beirut explosion was accident, contradicting Trump | Trump later says 'nobody knows yet' what happened in Lebanon | 61-year-old reservist ID'd as fourth military COVID-19 death Meadows defends Trump's description of Beirut explosion as an 'attack' Pompeo urges US companies to block downloads of Chinese apps MORE, who is also Trump's pick for secretary of State, traveled to North Korea over Easter weekend for a secret meeting with Kim.