N.Korea schedules nuclear test site dismantlement

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also pledged at the inter-Korean summit to close the test site this month. South Korean officials said in April North Korea also planned to invite experts from US and South Korea, but KCNA made no mention of this.

North Korea has declared its nuclear forces complete late a year ago after its most powerful nuclear test to date in September and the launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles that experts say are capable of hitting most, if not all, of the continental United States.

North Korea will destroy its nuclear test site later this month, ahead of a summit with the United States, it said on Saturday, blowing up its tunnels in front of invited foreign media. "North Korea's nuclear test center will be discarded in order to ensure the transparency of the suspension of the nuclear test". The demolition viewing party is now scheduled less than three weeks before the June 12 summit in Singapore between Kim, Moon, and President Trump.

Confirmation of the meeting between the two men came after landmark talks between North and South Korea.

Washington is seeking the "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" of the North and stresses that verification will be key.

The announcement, by the Ministry of Overseas Affairs as reported by state information company KCNA, got here a day after Pyongyang pledged now not to hold out unannounced missile exams or different actions that put flights in danger, in accordance with a United Nations aviation company.

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On Friday, Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that North Korea can look forward to "a future brimming with peace and prosperity" if it agrees to quickly give up its nuclear weapons.

The agreement to this effect was reached at a summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Panmunjom on April 27. Two of the North Korean missiles handed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Currently, however, the communist North Korea is one of the poorest nations in the world and relies on foreign aid to stave off starvation from its population. "We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we are now close partners with and our hope that we could achieve the same with respect to North Korea".

South Korea had no immediate response to the statement.

Trump struck an optimistic tone on North Korea as he personally welcomed home the freed American detainees early Thursday.

"I really think he wants to do something and bring the country into the real world", he added of Kim. "It is by no means been taken this far, there has by no means been a relationship like this".