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SEOUL, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said President Moon Jae-in will no longer have to wake up early in the morning and preside over national security council meetings to discuss missile launches by the communist nation, according to a presidential official.

Kim made the remark during a meeting with South Korean special envoys on Monday, saying he made up his mind to suspend missile launches, according to the official. Kim was also quoted as saying that whenever there is a problem, he can now resolve it through a direct phone call with Moon.

"So far, if we fired a missile, President Moon Jae-in went through the trouble of convening a national security council meeting," Kim was quoted as saying. "As I made up my mind today, President Moon will no longer have to wake up early in the morning."

Kim was also quoted as saying that when working-level dialogue between the two sides reaches an impasse, the problem can now be "simply resolved if I and the president spoke by the direct line."

During Monday's meeting, Kim agreed to open a hotline with Moon, hold a third inter-Korean summit in late April, expressed a willingness to hold denuclearization talks with the U.S. and suspend nuclear and missile tests while talks are under way.

The North has often conducted missile tests very early in the morning local time, such as 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. It is a standard practice for Moon to convene a national security council meeting to assess the situation whenever the North conducts such launches.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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