A ceremony will be held between May 23 and 25 for the dismantling of its northern nuclear test ground, weather permitting, the state-run Korean Central News Agency said Saturday, quoting the Foreign Ministry.
North Korea announced on Saturday that it would hold a ceremony on May 23-25 to dismantle its nuclear test site in a public show of goodwill toward the worldwide community before President Donald Trump's planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
North Korea has declared its nuclear forces complete late past year after its most powerful nuclear test to date in September and the launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles that experts say are capable of hitting most, if not all, of the continental United States. It is already believed to be unusable after Pyongyang's...
Since space is limited, only journalists from China, Russia, South Korea, the United States and the United Kingdom will be allowed access, according to KCNA.
Plans are also in place to block entrances and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts.
Guards and researchers will be withdrawn, and the area surrounding the test site will be closed.
The display at Punggye-ri, in the northwest of the country will be open to foreign media.
Kim had previously announced his intention to dismantle the site as negotiations begin over total denuclearization.More news: Trump berates DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over border security
On Thursday, it was confirmed that Kim would finally hold a highly-teased meeting with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on 12 June.
North Korea's pledge no longer to carry out unannounced missile tests or other activities that put flights at risk may be seen as the latest sign that the isolated nation is prepared to engage with the world.
Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearization that would remove North Korea as a threat to the South, the United States and the rest of the world.
However there was no mention of allowing foreign experts access to the site in Saturday's statement from North Korea. Amid concerns that North Korea will demand the U.S. withdraw its troops from neighboring South Korea, Kang emphasized that the U.S. military presence there must be "a matter for the U.S. -ROK alliance first and foremost", using an acronym for South Korea's official name, the Republic of Korea. Two of the North Korean missiles passed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.
But North Korea has said it's willing to talk now because it's already succeeded in becoming a nuclear-armed state, fueling skepticism that the North would truly being willing to give those weapons up.
Speaking Friday, Pompeo said any agreement with North Korea would have to include a "robust verification program" to ensure that Pyongyang complies.
Following the Moon-Kim summit, Moon's office said Kim was willing to disclose the process to worldwide experts, but the North's statement on Saturday did not include any mention about allowing experts on the site.