Pompeo: US hopes to have NKorea as 'close partner' not enemy

North Korea To Dismantle Its Nuclear Test Site

The US on Friday promised that it would work to rebuild North Korea's sanctions-crippled economy if North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's regime agrees to surrender its nuclear arsenal.

At the meeting with Kim Jong-UN planned to discuss his meeting with US President Donald trump and the release of three Americans held by North Korea.

Last week, US intelligence said the North Koreans had started pulling cables from the tunnels at their nuclear test site - a first step toward closing them down, CBS News' national security correspondent David Martin reported.

The dismantling will include collapsing its test tunnels with explosives and blocking their entrances, removing observation facilities and withdrawing guards and researchers from the site.

But Libya's program was not almost as advanced as North Korea and the country had not already stockpiled weapons.

North Korea would have to provide details about its nuclear facilities before the worldwide community could even develop a plan to dismantle the country's program.

On May 11, the artists that performed at the North Korea concert attended a luncheon at the Blue House with President Moon Jae In and the First Lady.

The summit will be the first meeting ever between a sitting USA president and the leader of North Korea.

Special rapporteur Tomas Ojea Quintana issued a statement hours after three USA prisoners released by Pyongyang arrived back home.

Journalists from other countries, including the United States and South Korea, will be invited to cover the event.

South Korea said at the time they had defected out of admiration for South Korean society.

Critics said the government was trying to win favour with voters in parliamentary elections that came days after the defections were announced.

"The North will shut down a nuclear test site in the country's northern side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear test".

The country's central news agency said it would blow up all the tunnels on the nuclear test ground.

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

A day earlier, Trump announced that his meeting with Kim will be held on June 12 in Singapore.

Recent talk between China and South Korea of offering North Korea economic incentives if a peace deal and a denuclearization plan are reached clearly have progressed farther than initial reports suggested. Pompeo said he told Kim of that hope during his brief visit to Pyongyang, where he also he finalized details of the upcoming summit.

North Korea has invited the outside world to witness the dismantling of its nuclear facilities before.

"North Korea's nuclear scientists live in isolated areas like Yongbyon", said Lee Chun-geun of the Science and Technology Policy Institute.

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