North Korea Vows To Close Key Missile Test Site

Leader Kim Jong-un pledged to take further steps to denuclearize during a summit with South Korea's president.
Posted at 7:13 AM, Sep 19, 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced Wednesday he's willing to take further steps to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. 

Following their second day of talks in Pyongyang, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said North Korea will permanently close its missile engine testing facility and launch pad. The country agreed to allow international experts to monitor the shutdown. 

The leaders also said North Korea is willing to dismantle its main nuclear complex so long as the U.S. takes "corresponding measures."

Following their announcement, President Donald Trump tweeted that the developments were "very exciting."

This is the third summit Moon and Kim have held this year – but the first in North Korea. One of South Korea's reported goals of the meeting was to advance denuclearization talks and moderate Kim's stalled negotiations with the U.S.

Moon said Wednesday that the steps he and Kim agreed to mean an "era of no war has started."

But their talks weren't limited to North Korea's nuclear arsenal. Moon and Kim also agreed to start reconnecting road and railway links between their countries and to file a bid to jointly host the 2032 Summer Olympics.

The two leaders announced plans for Kim to visit South Korea's capital in the future— but didn't give a concrete date for when that might happen.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.