As well as agreeing to close down the regime's nuclear test site, Kim Jong-un said there was "no reason" for North Korea to possess nuclear weapons.
Kim Jong-un has reportedly promised South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in that he will shut down Punggye-ri by May — the test site from which the rogue nation has carried out six nuclear launches since 2006, and through collapse threatens to release radioactive fallout into the air.
It is understood Kim will invite media from the US and South Korea to the closure in the name of transparency.
He also stated he does not want to fire missiles at America or his neighbours, and would agree to the total denuclearisation of the peninsula through purposeful dialogue.
The promising developments were relayed by Moon spokesman Yoon Young-chan after last week’s historic summit between the leaders of the North and South.
“The United States, though inherently hostile to North Korea, will get to know once our talk begins that I am not the kind of person who will use nuclear weapons against the South or the United States across the Pacific,” Kim was quoted as saying by Yoon on Sunday.
I am not the kind of person who will use nuclear weapons against the South or the United States across the Pacific.
“If we maintain frequent meetings and build trust with the United States and receive promises for an end to the war and a non-aggression treaty, then why would be need to live in difficulty by keeping our nuclear weapons?”
Talks between Kim and US President Donald Trump are also closer to being finalised, with both leaders indicating the summit will take place within the next four weeks.
Kim slams reports test site is unusable
Last week, Chinese seismologists concluded that the Punngye-ri site — thought to be the only active nuclear testing site in the world — had partially collapsed, making it too dangerous to operate.
But Kim denies this is the case, and said that will become clear when the world’s media descends on Mount Mantap to witness the site’s closure.
“Some claim we are closing down an unusable test site, but if they come and see, they will understand that there are two bigger tunnels than the existing test facilities and that they are in a very good condition,” the dictator said, according to Yoon.