S. Korean leader praises North's plan to dismantle nuke site

North Korea Nuclear Test Site

Kim Jong Un will dismantle North Korea's nuclear test site ahead of President Trump's visitMore

North Korea said Saturday that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, in a dramatic even eastern testing ground will be destroyed by explosion, and observation and research facilities and ground-based guard units will also be removed.

Pompeo added that, if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agrees to disarm, the US could offer foreign investment "in spades".

"North Korea has announced that they will dismantle Nuclear Test Site this month, ahead of the big Summit Meeting on June 12th", he tweeted.

Bolton said the USA side also will discuss not just North Korea's nuclear and missile programs but its chemical and biological weapons arsenal as well.

Pompeo said the U.S. would not be willing to invest taxpayer dollars to help the country, but was willing to "lift sanctions" to pave the way for private American investment in North Korea's energy, agriculture and infrastructure sectors.

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In a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this month, Kim called for the U.S. and North Korea to build trust through "phased and synchronous measures" that would lead to a political settlement "and eventually achieve denuclearization". But verification will be key. He has consistently stated a policy of denuclearization for North Korea, and in order to achieve that goal, there must be communication.

It marks a stark change in policy - less than a year ago Kim tested intercontinental ballistic missiles created to reach the United States, and its most powerful nuclear test came in September. He called its arsenal a "powerful treasured sword for defending peace".

Under Kim Jong Un, the government has carried out a number of market reforms.

Since space is limited, only journalists from China, Russia, South Korea, the United States and the United Kingdom will be allowed access, according to KCNA.

Unlike the president who will back up his words with action, North Korea has demonstrated an insincere openness to negotiations. The Trump administration has concluded the same about North Korea.

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But since the Winter Olympics in the South, Pyongyang and Washington have agreed to the unprecedented Singapore meeting.

The report comes a week after Kim made his second trip to China in less than two months to again meet with President Xi Jinping. He also met the South's President Moon Jae-in in the Demilitarized Zone that divides their countries. Pompeo told that its economy will rival that to the South Korean economy. Mr Pompeo returned with three freed U.S. detainees, the latest in the North's diplomatic overtures.

If Kim leaves the summit saying Trump spoiled the deal, then the temperature on the Korean Peninsula goes up "astronomically", Narang said.

But Pyongyang had a long history of making overtures that ultimately came to nothing, he warned. Because banks, any financial institution, will still be long, long wary of the place", said Andray Abrahamian, who was formally involved in developing business training programs for North Koreans, and is the author of the book, "North Korea and Myanmar: "Divergent Paths".

"It is North Korea's diplomatic tactic to push the situation to extreme confrontation and suddenly send peace gestures".

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