North Korea Dismantling Nuclear Site, Says US Monitor

North Korea Dismantling Nuclear Site, Says US Monitor

Still, the closure of the underground testing site could be a useful precedent for Washington and Seoul as they proceed with the nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang, analysts say. "It means getting rid of the uranium enrichment and plutonium processing capabilities".

The official report published on KCNA stated: "Foreign journalists will be invited to observe the shutdown to ensure the transparency of discontinuance of the nuclear test". In return, the U.S.is willing to help the impoverished nation strengthen its economy. It was once the headquarters of the secretive Manhattan Project during World War II to make the world's first atomic bomb.

US President Donald Trump has hailed as a "gracious gesture" North Korea's announcement that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks.

North Korea has threatened to cancel the planned summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, saying the U.S. should carefully consider the fate of the upcoming meeting, in view of what it calls "provocative military disturbances with South Korea", North Korea's state news agency reported early Wednesday local time. "We need to verify it to get additional information on that but we're going forward in planning our meetings next month".

They will then take a train to the remote mountain test site location, which the report described as being in an "uninhabited deep mountain area".

"North Korea's actions today are not surprising".

Trump is "very optimistic because he sees the chance of a breakthrough", he said, but also remains realistic and doesn't have "stars in his eyes over this". "No president has ever put America in a position where the North Korean leadership thought that this was truly possible". The transfer, which Pompeo told CBS the U.S.

"Kim Jong-un is trying to spread this model to the whole of North Korea", he added. "They are in great need of agricultural equipment and technology", he said on CBS "Face the Nation".

South Korea's Yonhap News Agency says North Korea is canceling a high-level meeting between the two countries and is threatening also to cancel a summit with the United States due to ongoing military exercises between the USA and South Korea.

This week the North released three Korean-Americans it had detained into the care of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was making his second trip to Pyongyang in two months. Washington is demanding the verifiable dismantling of the North's nuclear weapons program.

South Korea's mass-circulation JoongAng Ilbo daily said in an editorial Monday that "it is regrettable that North Korea did not invite nuclear experts to the destruction of the test site".

"That's our objective, that's the end state the President has laid out, and that's the mission that he sent me on this past week to put us on the trajectory to go achieve that".

"We hope the sound of the dynamite blowing up the tunnels at Punggye-ri will be the first salute in our journey towards a nuclear-free Korean peninsula", the South's presidential spokesman said.

Dialogue brokered by South Korea has seen US-North Korea relations go from trading personal insults and threats of war a year ago to a summit between Kim and Trump which will be held in Singapore on June 12.

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