According to Jim Mattis, the US Defence Secretary, North Korea will suspend their nuclear tests in May and early June. “Right now I think there’s a lot of reasons for optimism that the negotiations will be fruitful and we’ll see,” Mattis stated at the Pentagon. Further, North Korea said they would be closing their nuclear test sites. This is reassuring because we have seen increasingly powerful nuclear missiles coming from North Korea over the past few years.
We are still unsure about the extent of North Korea’s arsenal. We do not know if North Korea possess the ability to create a nuclear warhead. Having a warhead would give them the ability to modify a missile and give it the ability to go out of and back into earth’s orbit, which gives the missle much more range than other types of bombs, meaning that more of the world could be in danger of a nuclear attack.
According to Lucas Tomlinson, the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel, Kim Jong Un and President Moon Jae-in are meeting to talk about Panmunjom, a border town between North and South Korea. This would be the first time a North Korean leader has crossed the border since the end of the Korean war in 1953.
Though we are mostly unsure about North Korea’s intentions and military, we can expect to see improving relations with them. We need to stay optimistic about the future of their country.