Pyongyang sets nuclear test site demolition date

North Korean mountain

Kim had revealed plans to shut down the nuclear test site during his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month.

"Yes that will happen but we are only to also consider that's not the only nuclear facilities in North Korea", said Yoon.

"This is the first time the complete three-dimensional surface displacements associated with an underground nuclear test were imaged and presented to the public", said lead author Teng Wang of the Earth Observatory of Singapore at Nanyang Technological University.

All global journalists will be provided with a chartered flight into Wonsan, a port city in eastern North Korea, from Beijing, KCNA said.

South Korea's delegation asked Faso's group to keep pressure on the North by maintaining a strong US military presence and continuing economic sanctions until an agreement is reached and Kim abandons his drive toward nuclear weapons capabilities.

Pompeo, who held talks with Kim over the weekend, said "we have a pretty good understanding between our two countries about what the shared objectives are".

It is a remarkable turnaround after Trump called Kim Jong-un "little rocket man", before the North Korean leader branded Trump a "do-tard".

Echoing Trump, Pompeo said: "We look forward to our continued preparations with the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) to make the summit in Singapore on June 12th a true success for the American and Korean people and for the world".

More news: U.S. expects China to push N. Korea to denuclearization

The United States and North Korea are technically still at war - a stop-gap armistice ended the brutal three-year Korean war in 1953 and around 30,000 American troops remain in neighboring South Korea, which the U.S. supported in the conflict. "And that will be a part of conversation that President Trump will have going into the summit".

However, the North has remained one of the world's most isolated states and its outdated economy has been further battered by a UN-backed "maximum pressure" campaign of sanctions.

Most analysts have concluded that North Korea has about a dozen weapons and has ballistic missiles capable of reaching USA cities.

However, while release of the hostages is one step in the right direction, there is still a long road ahead to a fully denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

But in September 2008, the North declared that it would resume reprocessing plutonium, complaining that Washington wasn't fulfilling its promise to remove the country from the USA list of state sponsors of terrorism.

It is not certain how many nuclear engineers there are in the North. Estimates run to up to 10,000.

The talks, which are expected to last a day, are set to focus on North Korea's rapidly advancing nuclear and ballistic weapons programs. Skepticism remains as to North Korea's intentions.

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