Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | August 24, 2011

North Korea ready to pledge moratorium on nuclear testing

Dmitry Medvedev and Kim Jong-il met in Ulan-Ude, a city in Siberia, on 24 August. (Photo: the Presidential Press and Information Office)

According to Anna Timakova, the Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il agreed to consider pledging a moratorium in nuclear testing upon the resumption of the long stalled 6-party-talks on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

“In the course of the talks, North Korea will be ready to resolve the question of imposing a moratorium on tests and production of nuclear missile weapons,” said Timakova.

It’s the first time North Korea discusses the prospect of declaring a nuclear moratorium on the highest level. The announcement was made after today’s meeting in the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude between the Heads of State of the two countries, Dmitry Medvedev and Kim Jong-il.

North Korea withdrew from the 6-party-talks in April 2009 over the condemnation by the UN Security Council of its ballistic missile test that same month. One month later, on 25 May 2009, North Korea conducted its second nuclear test after the one in 2006.

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