North Korea announces steps to dismantle nuclear site

North Korea announces steps to dismantle nuclear site

North Korea announces steps to dismantle nuclear site

North Korea announced Saturday it will publicly dismantle its northern nuclear test site in a ceremony scheduled for between May 23 and 25, adding it is taking "technical measures" to that end.

At last month's inter-Korean summit, Kim also told Moon that he would shutter the site and invite foreign experts and journalists to view the dismantling, South Korea's presidential office said.

Kang of South Korea said that the Trump-Kim summit "would be a historic opportunity for resolving the nuclear issue and securing enduring peace on the Korean Peninsula".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to fly to Washington for a meeting with President Trump on May 22. Both sides also vowed to coordinate on the implementation of United Nations resolutions on North Korea and support ongoing diplomatic engagements.

North Korea's Foreign Ministry said all of the tunnels at the country's north-eastern testing ground will be destroyed by explosion.

The North also said for the first time at the meeting that it had been conducting "subcritical" nuclear tests.

North Korea's reference to such activity is created to communicate that even without underground testing, the country intends to maintain its nuclear arsenal and be a "responsible" steward of those weapons at the same time, said Andrea Berger, a senior analyst at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Pompeo had met previously with Kim while Central Intelligence Agency director, flying secretly to North Korea over the Easter weekend to discuss the possibility of a summit meeting with Trump and negotiations over North Korea's nuclear program. "It would be an activity that undertook to ensure that we didn't end up in the same place that we'd ended up before, or multiple passes at trying to solve this conundrum for the world, how to ensure that North Korea doesn't possess the capacity to threaten not only the U.S. but the world with nuclear weapons", Pompeo said.

But North Korea has invited the outside world to witness the dismantling of its nuclear facilities before.

But their relationship appears to have thawed, and in the early hours of Thursday morning, Mr Trump welcomed home three Americans released by Pyongyang.

"We are starting off on a new footing - I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful. I really think a lot of progress has been made".

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