People hold signs reading "successful summit between South and North Koreas" during the welcoming event for the summit between South Korea and North Korea in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared an end to the nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests that sent tensions soaring on the peninsula, in the region, and beyond.The North also reserved itself the right to use atomic weapons if there were "nuclear threats and nuclear provocations" against it -- a threshold that falls short of an attack.Kim first declared the completion of the country's nuclear force at the beginning of this year, and the North appears to believe last year's technological advances put it into a position of strength from which to negotiate.All but one of the North's nuclear blasts have been carried out under Mount Mantap at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the northeast of the country, with landslides and earthquakes after the last blast leading to speculation it was suffering from "tired mountain syndrome".In a 2016 defence white paper, Seoul estimated the North had 50 kilograms of plutonium -- reportedly enough for about 10 bombs, and US estimates of its bomb numbers are said to be significantly higher.
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