North Korea announces steps to dismantle nuclear site

North Korea to hold 'ceremony' for dismantling its nuclear test site on May 23-25

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a news conference that the U.S.is prepared to substantially help North Korea economically if it gets rid of its nuclear weapons program and stockpile.

However, Kang said that there would be no lifts on sanctions before the June 12 meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

"In due consideration of small space of the test ground, journalists from other countries will be confined to those from China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea", said the statement.

The United States and North Korea are technically still at war - a stop-gap armistice ended the brutal three-year Korean war in 1953 and around 30,000 American troops remain in neighboring South Korea, which the U.S. supported in the conflict. However, a final attempt by Bush to complete an agreement to fully dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons program collapsed that December when the North refused to accept USA -proposed verification methods.

North Korea could be taking preliminary steps to close its nuclear test site, according to new satellite images that suggest Kim Jong Un might be making good on one of the surprising pledges hes made over the last month.

Since Mr. Trump announced plans to hold a summit with Kim questions have been raised continually about whether the two leaders have the same objective in mind when they speak about "denuclearization".

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha met with her USA counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for the first time on Friday.

North Korea releases three USA citizens in run-up to Trump summit
Kim, a naturalized USA citizen, was born in Jilin, China, one of the provinces that borders North Korea and is ethnically Korean. President Trump said he will announce the time and place for his upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un "within three days".


Putting all of this together, the researchers estimate that the nuclear test, North Korea's sixth and the fifth inside Mt. Mantap, had a yield between 120 and 300 kilotons, about 10 times the strength of the bomb dropped by the United States on Hiroshima during World War II.

Current South Korean President Moon Jae-in, they say, has sidelined human rights issues as he reaches out to the North. All of North Korea's nuclear tests to date have been conducted deep inside this mountain to reduce the probability of radioactive materials leaking out to pollute the air or water around a detonation.

However, both Kang and Pompeo said that they agreed on the need for the "total, permanent and verifiable" denuclearization of the divided peninsula.

Shortly after the time and venue for the Washington-Pyongyang summit were announced, US acting Undersecretary of State Heather Nauert held an interview with KBS.

"North Korea is well beyond what these other countries had", Heinonen said.

Kim's regime also carried out missile tests that convinced USA intelligence officials, including Pompeo in his former role as CIA director, that North Korea could threaten U.S. cities. Then, North Korea takes down their nuclear reactors.

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