North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said he is ending the suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests put in place during talks with the US and announced that his country would soon introduce "a new strategic weapon".
The declaration was made at the end of a four-day gathering of party leaders in Pyongyang. Washington refuses to lift sanctions until Pyongyang fully abandons its nuclear programme. The sanctions have hit the economy. "Under such condition, there is no ground for us to get unilaterally bound to the commitment any longer, the commitment to which there is no opposite party, and this is chilling our efforts for worldwide nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation," Kim said. Mr Trump told reporters now that he and Mr Kim "did sign a contract, talking about denuclearisation". "I think he's a man of his word," he added.
Relations between the US and North Korea have deteriorated in the months leading up to 2020. Despite the affirmatons, North Korea leaves door open to US nuclear talks. In fact, Kim’s goal is to get relief from U.S. and international economic sanctions without giving up his nukes. His goal is not to start a nuclear war. The history of U.S.-North Korea relations is filled with ups and downs and probably some decisions will follow from the American part.