South Korean military says North Korea preparing nuke site closure

People watch a TV screen reporting that North Korea will dismantle nuke test site during a news programme at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul. Ahn Young-joon  AP

South Korea ended up having to guarantee a considerable portion of loans after the 1994 Geneva Accords. Also in the delegation will be Kim Yun-hyok, vice minister of railways, and Won Kil-U, vice minister of physical culture and sports. The site has been used for each of North Korea's six underground nuclear test explosions. The site is where 5 of the past 6 nuclear tests were conducted. Pompeo, speaking on CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday said that the regime will benefit from private investment, not assistance from USA taxpayers, in exchange for abandoning its nuclear weapon program.

KCNA said journalists, including from the United States and South Korea, would be invited to cover the event, to "show in a transparent manner the dismantlement of the northern nuclear test ground to be carried out". But the same official backtracked and later clarified, "I am not in a position to know the contents of the North-U.S. summit and do not know whether the nuclear umbrella and deployment of strategic assets will be discussed between North Korea and the United States".

He returned again to North Korea this month for a second meeting, after which Kim agreed to the release of three American prisoners.

South Koreans can not visit North Korea without an invitation from the North and approval from their government. The meeting will be the first time a sitting US president meets with the leader of North Korea.

Mr Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that North Korea can look forward to "a future brimming with peace and prosperity" if it agrees to quickly give up its nuclear weapons.

The North's announcement comes days after Washington announced that the historic summit between Kim and Trump will be held June 12 in Singapore.

But after the games, the drills went ahead as normal, though were smaller in scale than in previous years, and resulted in little complaint from North Korea.

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's foreign Ministry said the country will continue to 'promote close contacts and dialogue with the neighbouring countries and the global society so as to safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and over the globe'.

The goal of the new buildings at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre was unknown, 38 North has said, with "no observable signs that initial reactor operations are imminent".

These significant changes show that dismantling of complex, located in a mountainous area in norast of country, "is very advanced", according to this analysis. USA military officials say it is needed to practice the kind of cooperation that would be necessary in any real live military situation on the heavily-armed Korean peninsula.

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