Dismantling of North Korea nuclear site 'well under way': U.S. monitor

North Korea's last nuclear test triggered an earthquake

North Korea’s last nuclear test triggered an earthquake Kim Hong-Ji Reuters

In this April 27, 2018 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shake hands after signing on a joint statement at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea. "In other words, nuclear weapons have become an indispensable ingredient in the cult of personality surrounding the Kim dynasty".

Appearing on Fox News on Sunday, he said the USA government will allow private companies to invest in North Korea if it totally scraps its nuclear programs.

"At 2 o'clock in the morning, I had the incredible honor of greeting three fearless Americans who had been held in North Korea, and we welcomed them back home the proper way", President Trump said later to a crowd in Indiana.

According to a report from Voice of America on Monday, a White House official said while Washington welcomed Pyongyang's decision to close down the nuclear site, the process should undergo inspections by worldwide experts.

The last set of drills were scheduled to take place during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in March, but were postponed by the US.

North Korea's state-run media, however, has blasted Japan for putting undue focus on the abduction issue.

An ex-North Korean official suggested that his former country may have a different definition of the term that has been circulating around foreign policy circles ahead of the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un: denuclearization.

Pyongyang had announced it would publicly dismantle its Punggye-ri nuclear facility between May 23 and 25 by destroying the tunnels in the complex with explosions, blocking entrances and removing observation areas, research centres, and security structures.

"It would, however, require North Korea to clear out the test tunnels and rebuild any infrastructure that might be removed - or dig new tunnels at the site or elsewhere".

Guterres says he is looking forward to "this positive momentum being consolidated at the summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea".

North Korea blew up a cooling tower at the nuclear facility in 2007 following a deal with the U.S., but soon restarted the reactor.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a TV interview on Sunday that if North Korea agrees to denuclearize, "of course there will be sanctions relief". At that same meeting, however, North Korea said it has been performing a kind of nuclear test classified as "subcritical".

"In the end, North Korea will remain 'a nuclear power packaged as a non-nuclear state, '" Thae told the South's Newsis news agency.

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In her reporting at the time, CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour said, "They fired a warning flare and then in three minutes the whole thing came tumbling down in a massive cloud of smoke".

"We believe North Korea is postulating various circumstances". They are in great need of agricultural equipment and technology. "We can deliver that", he said.

Kim, who picked Beijing to make his maiden official trip overseas in March, has also invited Xi to visit North Korea.

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