SKorea's leader praises North's plan to dismantle nuke site

SKorea's leader praises North's plan to dismantle nuke site

SKorea's leader praises North's plan to dismantle nuke site

Satellite images show that North Korea has begun dismantling its nuclear-test site, razing several key buildings and removing rails weeks ahead of its summit with the United States, according to a monitoring website.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said Tuesday the meeting at a border truce village will discuss ways to carry out peace commitments made between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in their summit last month.

Trump, in a tweet Saturday, thanked North Korea for its plan to dismantle the nuclear test site, calling it "a very smart and gracious gesture!"

Moon said Monday that the North's decision shows how honest the country is about making the talks between Kim and Trump a success.

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Kim revealed plans to shut down the nuclear test site during his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month. But he stressed that this would require a "robust verification" programme by the U.S. and other nations.

This week, President Donald Trump welcomed three Americans who were being held as political prisoners in North Korea in a triumphant 3 a.m. return home, and announced the date and time of his highly anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), the global organization that keeps watch for nuclear tests, said it has yet to be invited to observe the dismantlement, Radio Free Asia reported Tuesday.

The three men were detained or sentenced in North Korea in the last couple of years. The two leaders are expected to discuss the dismantlement of the North's nuclear weapons program after exchanging threats and personal insults previous year over the regime's tests of a nuclear weapon and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The top US diplomat did not elaborate, but his comment could refer to the type of assurances North Korea has sought in the past.

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"All the things the North Korean people need - [including] the capacity for American agriculture to support North Korea so they can eat meat and have healthy lives", he said.

"Ahead of the U.S". "It means getting rid of the uranium enrichment and plutonium processing capabilities". However, there are lingering doubts about whether Kim would ever agree to fully relinquish the weapons he probably views as his only guarantee of survival.

David Beasley said he had unprecedented access to the secretive state, telling BBC radio that North Korea's leaders had a "sense of optimism". The North has vowed to pursue nuclear development unless Washington removes its 28,500 troops from South Korea and the nuclear umbrella defending South Korea and Japan. Bolton didn't specify whether he expects the nuclear weapons to eventually be stored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory - where the US Department of Energy operates a research lab and a nuclear weapons complex - or the nearby Y-12 National Security Complex, normally tasked with nuclear weapons production.

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