After President Trump imposed a harsh series of sanctions at the start of the year, North Korea is finally seeing reason and has suspended it's nuclear and long-range missile tests. The country also announced plans to close its nuclear test site following the shuttering of their missile tests which took effect Saturday, according to the country's official Korean Central News Agency. The announcement follows a recent shift in how the country wishes to portray itself to the world with a renewed national focus on improving its economy.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the World - big progress! Look forward to our Summit.</p>— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/987463564305797126?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 20, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The announcement comes just days before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in to broker a truce to the decades-long standoff between the North and South. U.S. President Donald Trump praised the North's decision to shutter its nuclear programs on Twitter moments after the announcement Friday. The meeting between the North and South isn't the only historical meeting set to take place; President Trump is also expected to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un to discuss peace between the two nations and curtail the potential for a nuclear standoff.
While the meeting with Trump has been widely reported in world media, the citizens of North Korea are largely in the dark when it comes to future policy since discussing such matters is forbidden to the public. The meeting is treated as a state secret by North Korean officials even when CIA chief Mike Pompeo traveled to meet Kim in Pyongyang. Officials refused several times to translate questions about Trump's visit saying that "political questions" were not allowed or "not proper".
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Recent decades have seen the North Korean populace inundated with propaganda about the U.S. from childhood which has polarized people's opinions when it comes to the west. Kim's meeting with Trump poses a problem for the indoctrination against the U.S. North Korean officials will have to come up with an ideological framework to explain the talks with the "enemy." Trump has set the stakes high for the meeting and warned he would walk away if he thought the preparations weren't bearing fruit.
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