North Korea sets dates for ceremony to dismantle nuclear test site

North Korea sets dates for ceremony to dismantle nuclear test site

The announcement by the North's foreign ministry moves the communist country closer to honoring an offer made by its leader Kim Jong-un during the inter-Korean summit last month.

Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun did not provide a clear answer on whether the women could be returned to North Korea if it's confirmed they didn't want to come to South Korea.

"I think there is complete agreement about what the ultimate objectives are", Pompeo said, providing no further details.

"We are praying for that, that they will be able to experience the world that we are living in today." said Saehee Duran, who lived in South Korea until she was 15.

Hardliners in the North are believed to see possession of a nuclear weapon as a guarantee against US-led efforts to topple Kim's regime.

Kim Jong Un said he is closing the nuclear test site at Punggye-ri.

Following the Moon-Kim summit, Moon's office said Kim was willing to disclose the process to global experts, but the North's statement Saturday didn't include any mention about allowing experts on the site.

Reputable sources suggest North Korea's nuclear test site was not only destroyed but may have caused damage to the tectonic plates deep in the earth, making earthquakes a new reality in an area that was not previously prone to them.

Tunneling and activity at the west portal had been visible as recently as April 20, a week before the inter-Korean summit, according to an analysis for 38 North, a website devoted to North Korea.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, if North Korea agrees to surrender its nuclear arsenal, Washington will work with Pyongyang to rebuild its economy. One, people wonder if North Korea's definition of denuclearization is the same as the United States'.

On Thursday, it was confirmed that Mr Kim would finally hold a highly teased meeting with President Donald Trump in Singapore on 12 June.

An example of a country that accepted US economic help is Japan after World War II, which was able to recover after losing the war.

A United Nations human rights expert has welcomed the release of three USA nationals by North Korea, saying the move was "another important building block for the prospects of peace" for the two Koreas and beyond.

The North is apparently trying to caution Japan, which is calling for continued pressure to get the North to take concrete action for settling the abduction issue and abandoning its nuclear and missile programs.

If true, the revelation would support North Korea's long-standing accusation that the South Korean spy agency had kidnapped its citizens.

Kim's regime also carried out missile tests that convinced United States intelligence officials, including Pompeo in his former role as CIA director, that North Korea could threaten United States cities.

As global relations with isolated North Korea have thawed, Ojea Quintana has called for negotiations on its nuclear programme to be accompanied by talks to address alleged torture and political prisoner camps.

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