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Closing North Korea nuclear test site an important step, United Nations chief says

Closing North Korea nuclear test site an important step, United Nations chief says

Pompeo met with Kim last week in North Korea, helping set the stage for Trump's historic meeting with Kim in Singapore on June 12.

The US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Susan Thornton, was speaking in Tokyo on Tuesday in a seminar organized by the Wall Street Journal.

We hope Kim will accept this formula so that he can bring economic wellbeing to North Koreans and move toward peace and co-prosperity on the peninsula.

South Korea has said Mr Kim has genuine interest in dealing away his nuclear weapons in return for economic benefits.

In a statement published by the Foreign Ministry on North Korea's state news agency KCNA, the country plans to shut down the test site between 23 and 25 May by using explosives to collapse the tunnels, and blocking all entrances to the site.

Observation and research facilities and ground-based guard units will also be removed, the North said.

While South Korea's presidential office had said that Kim told South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their summit last month that global experts will be invited to witness the closure, the North's Foreign Ministry statement on Saturday did not include any references to allowing experts at the site. And even if all the testing tunnels are destroyed, North Korean engineers could simply dig a new one if they want to conduct another nuclear test. The current whirlwind of diplomacy and negotiations will not end with "a honest and complete disarmament" but with "a reduced North Korean nuclear threat", said Thae Yong-ho, who fled his post as the North's deputy ambassador to Britain in August 2016.

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The shutdown process will unfold under the presences of journalists, including those from the US and South Korea.

Satellite photos from last month showed signs of construction at the North's Yongbyon nuclear facility.

He has turned on the charisma in meetings with both USA and South Korean officials.

The site remains open, although no US nuclear tests have been carried out since 1992.

If Kim makes the choice to give up his nuclear capabilities, Bolton said the United States is "prepared to open to trade and investment with North Korea as soon as we can". This is what y consider to be experts of 38North specialized page following material obtained on May 7, approximately one week after Kim Jong-Un announced closure of base where six nuclear tests have been carried out. In 2008, worldwide journalists looked on as a water cooling tower at a facility called Yongbyon was destroyed.

During their meeting at a border truce village, Mr Moon and Mr Kim vaguely promised to work towards the "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean Peninsula, but made no references to verification or timetables. Pompeo said that the US was willing to help the impoverished North boost its economy to levels like those in prosperous South Korea. "If North Korea shuns them, it will once again face criticism that the dismantlement was just for show". "That's what the president is going to say". Washington is demanding the verifiable dismantling of the North's nuclear weapons program.

Pompeo's idea of economic incentives for Pyongyang includes the USA private sector's help to rebuild the North's dilapidated energy grid, develop the country's infrastructure and boost its agriculture sector.


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