United Nations chief welcomes North Korea's closure of nuke test site

N. Korea will never fully give up nuclear weapons

In the run-up to the June 12 summit in Singapore, North Korea announced on Saturday that it has set the date to begin shutting down a major nuclear test site to improve relations with the outside world. The test ground will be completely closed after the process, KCNA said.

Recent satellite imagery shows North Korea has started dismantling facilities at its nuclear test site, according to USA researchers. My mother as a teenager crossed the border in the dead of night into South Korea during the Korean War to secure her safety, her freedom, and her future. Then, entries to the site will be blocked and all observation facilities, research institutes and guard structures will be removed.

Located in mountainous terrain in the northeast of the country, Punggye-ri is less than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from China.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday the US will provide security assurance to North Korea's top leader Kim Jong-un, if the country could achieve denuclearisation.

The site was used for each of its six underground nuclear test explosions.

Mike Pompeo while talking to an American news channel said: "What Chairman Kim will get from America is our finest - our entrepreneurs, our risk takers, our capital providers". We learned afterwards that Pompeo had gone secretly to North Korea.

On Sunday, Bolton told CNN that Trump wants North Korea to get rid of "all aspects of their nuclear program", including ballistic missiles, as well as its chemical and biological weapons. " He added that American businesses could help the North develop its infrastructure, (and) all the things that the North Korean people need.so they can eat meat and live healthy lives".

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Pompeo said the USA and DPRK teams would work together to "put our two leaders in a position where it's just possible we might pull off a historic undertaking". If the summit goes ahead, it will be the first meeting between the countries' two leaders since the Korean War - quite remarkable given how tensions escalated towards the end of a year ago. Two of the North Korean missiles passed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido. It was following that trip that Pompeo returned home with three Americans who had been imprisoned in North Korea. Instead, we can be sure the Chinese leaders leaned on Kim to stop testing his nukes, stop with his belligerent words, and agree to go to the table with representatives of the USA and South Korea.

Washington had remained silent on economic cooperation with North Korea until recently, leaving many to wonder whether Trump would suggest specific incentives to Kim when they meet next month for the first summit between the two countries.

Pompeo, who has met twice with the North Korean leader to discuss the summit, said he was "convinced" Kim shared U.S. goals. That doesn't mean we shouldn't try or that we should open up the national checkbook as President Trump appears ready to do.

The President called the shutdown an initial step toward the complete denuclearization of North Korea.

Former US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter warned Friday that the United States should be cautious of any promises made by North Korea at the upcoming Trump-Kim summit.

The meeting between Moon and Kim resulted in few specifics and was largely seen as a prelude to the first-ever U.S.

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