Donald Trump welcomes North Korea plan to dismantle nuclear test site

North Korea Nuclear Test Site

Satellite photos indicate North Korea has begun dismantling its nuclear test site ahead of a historic summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, a USA monitor said Tuesday.

South Korea ended up having to guarantee a considerable portion of loans after the 1994 Geneva Accords.

The secretary said he was "convinced" Kim shared U.S. goals.

Siegfried Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the United States and a leading expert on North Korea's nuclear programme, said collapsing the Punggye-ri tunnels would be "a big and positive step", given his belief that North Korea still required more nuclear and missile tests to reach the USA mainland with a nuclear-tipped missile.

Meanwhile, the hermetic nation plans to join global efforts to implement a total ban on nuclear weapons tests, its ambassador told the United Nations today.

Chun, who had also served as a top nuclear envoy for liberal President Roh Moo-hyun, said the Punggye-ri facility is the "perfect place" to gauge North Korea's current nuclear capability - a process crucial for future denuclearization talks.

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!"

"Park believes Kim will keep his nukes simply to demonstrate to his own people that he is the ruler of a nuclear state and therefore commands the respect of Washington and Seoul".

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North Korea pledged to close the testing ground after Kim last month declared the country's nuclear force complete and said it had no further need for the complex. Additionally, according to experts, North Korea has also partially dismantled the rails of the trolleys, which lead from the tunnels.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the test-fire of a strategic submarine underwater ballistic missile (not pictured), in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on May 9, 2015.

Tempers had cooled following months of belligerence on both sides - Trump called Kim "Little Rocket Man" and Kim responded by branding him a 'mentally deranged USA dotard'.

"North Korea has a very extensive program". Bolton also said there will be no USA government assistance for North Korea.

The researchers published an analysis of satellite images from May 7th of the nuclear facility on Monday.

The summit will give Trump an early chance "to size Kim Jong Un up and see if the commitment is real", he said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that North Korea will receive sanctions relief should they follow through with total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The dismantling will come ahead of a historic summit between Kim Jong-un and Mr. Trump next month in Singapore. According to CNN, officials said it was a location where plutonium was extracted.

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