South Korean president Moon Jae-in was scheduled to meet Trump in Washington later on Tuesday, as USA officials try to figure out whether North Korea, which has pursued nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of United Nations sanctions, is serious about negotiating a deal on denuclearisation. And the media will be spending much of their time in an unrelated tourism zone that North Korea hopes will be the next big thing for its economy if Kim's diplomatic overtures pay off in the months ahead.
"There is nothing we have detected", Chung said.
Isolated North Korea's offer to scrap the test site was seen as a key concession in months of easing tension between Pyongyang and its long-time bitter rivals, South Korea and the US.
The North claimed the exercises involved US strategic nuclear assets, including nuclear-capable B-52 bombers and violated the spirit of detente on the peninsula. If not actually bused there, they will undoubtedly be reminded that Masik Pass, the North's luxury ski resort, and scenic Mount Kumgang, which just a decade ago was open to South Korean tourists, are just a short drive away. "I think tomorrow's meeting is critical in terms of whether we're really going to have Washington and Pyongyang meeting".
The White House last week was forced to downplay comments by Trump's national security adviser John Bolton that North Korea could follow the "Libya model" in denuclearizing, after they received an angry response from Pyongyang.
One of those hawks, US Senator Lindsey Graham, seemed to be preparing to do just that Sunday, telling Fox News that if Kim didn't show up to the summit "that puts us back on the path to conflict". -North Korea summit on June 12.
All of North Korea's six nuclear tests were conducted at the site under Mount Mantap in the north-eastern interior of the country.
Seoul and Washington have been holding a variety of working-level talks on dialogue with the North ahead the summit, Chung said, adding that the South and the US are working in close coordination and share "all information".
The summit ended with a joint declaration that both countries are committed to denuclearization and officially ending the war 65 years after the armistice.
Scott Snyder, director of the Program on U.S. -Korea Policy at the Council of Foreign Relations, said there's a risk that "the ceremony and the historic nature of the meeting be allowed to overshadow the deliverables".
This has been seen by North Korean leaders as a reason to hold onto their nuclear weapons to ensure regime survival.
South Korean government officials discouraged its reporters from approaching the North Korean Embassy in Beijing to clarify the visa issuance issue, adding that this could annoy the North, and said they were communicating with North Korea through the Panmunjom channel.
Beijing may share Pyongyang's goal of reducing the American military presence on the Korean Peninsula, but it hasn't been happy with Kim's nuclear ambitions. I believe the President can make this compelling case to Kim Jong Un, who appears willing to move in this positive direction. In March, Moon's envoy told reporters in the White House driveway that Kim is "committed to denuclearization" and understood that joint US-South Korea military exercises "must continue".
South Korean observers like Shin Chang-hoon also worry that Moon will push Trump to go ahead with a "ridiculous" summit because he has staked his career on inter-Korean peace.
Analysts saw North Korea's perceived slow peddling as evidence of what they feared all along, that Pyongyang may have been playing for time. The regime cited long-planned U.S.
North Korea's propaganda outlets condemned Bolton's remarks, which also cast uncertainty on the future of the upcoming summit between Trump and Kim.
"It increasingly looks like the Moon administration overstated North Korea's willingness to deal".
The South Korean president partly helped make the unprecedented U.S.