Closing North Korea nuclear test site an important step, says United Nations chief

Mike Pompeo Fox News Screen Shot 2018 05 13

Mike Pompeo Fox News Screen Shot 2018 05 13

The analysis was made public before North Korea holds a ceremony for dismantling the Punggye-ri site between May 23 and May 25, depending on weather conditions, in the presence of global media.

Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month affirmed their commitment to the goal of "realising, through complete denuclearisation, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula" at a summit in the demilitarised zone that divides their countries. "Thank you, a very smart and gracious gesture!" he tweeted.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday the US would allow American private sector investment in North Korea if it complies with President Donald Trump's demands for denuclearization.

But North Korea has not made public what concessions it is offering, and the South's JoongAng Ilbo daily noted it had only invited journalists to witness the operation at the Punggye-ri site.

US President Donald Trump praised the North's decision to dismantle the Punggye-ri test site in a ceremony scheduled between May 23-25, the latest step in leader Kim Jong Un's charm offensive.

"The prospect is for North Korea to become a normal nation, to behave and interact with the rest of the world the way South Korea does", Bolton told host Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union".

Put it all together and you see a "deal" in which North Korea gives up missiles that can reach the US, gets rid of chemical and biological weapons, and perhaps limits some ability to manufacture new nuclear weapons.


A North Korean delegation led by Pak Thae Song, vice-chairman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea's Central Committee, meanwhile arrived in Beijing, the North's official KCNA news agency reported.

He sent a delegation to February's Winter Olympics in South Korea, held a landmark summit with Moon in April and last week released three Americans detained in North Korea.

Gleason said the three Americans asked for privacy as they return to their lives in the U.S. "It means getting rid of the uranium enrichment and plutonium processing capabilities". But it remains unclear if Kim would ever fully relinquish the weapons he probably views as his only guarantee of survival.

During Xi and Kim's meeting in Dalian, China, on May 7 and 8, Kim sounded Xi out regarding the possibility that North Korea could receive economic support from China during the denuclearization process, according to the source.

North Korea has carried out all of its six nuclear tests to date at the Punggye-ri site, starting in 2006 and continuing until the most recent and powerful one in September past year.

South Korea welcomed the announcement, which signalled the North's willingness to carry out its pledges "not just in words but in action". Dismantling them. Taking them to Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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