Sunday, 29 April 2018

North Korea to close nuclear site in view of outside world

North Korea plans to shut its nuclear testing site in May and reveal the process to the outside world, South Korea has said.
Announcing the pledge, Seoul said North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has said Donald Trump will get to know he is "not a person" to aim missiles at the US.

"Kim said he would carry out the closing of the nuclear test site in May, and would soon invite experts of South Korea and the US to disclose the process to the international community with transparency," Seoul's presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said.

Mr Kim made the comment during Friday's summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the spokesman added.

North Korea had announced ahead of the summit that Pyongyang would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests, and look towards scrapping its nuclear test site in order to pursue economic growth and peace.

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that he told Mr Kim he would have to agree to take "irreversible" steps toward shutting his nuclear weapons programme if any deal was to be struck with the US.

He said: "We use the word 'irreversible' with great intention. We are going to require those steps that demonstrate that denuclearisation is going to be achieved."

Mr Pompeo said previous North Korean promises "proved false or unworthy or they were incapable of keeping them".

He added that Mr Trump would maintain a "pressure campaign" of harsh sanctions on impoverished North Korea until Mr Kim shuts down his nuclear weapons programme.

BBC      News.

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