Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a news conference that the U.S.is prepared to substantially help North Korea economically if it gets rid of its nuclear weapons program and stockpile.
Reports from North Korea said that Pyongyang has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear test site for some time between May 23 and 25, depending on weather conditions in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests.
As worldwide relations with isolated North Korea have thawed, Ojea Quintana has called for negotiations on its nuclear programme to be accompanied by talks to address alleged torture and political prisoner camps.
The situation on the Korean Peninsula escalated in the past two years due to North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile tests, which led to heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, with the latter pushing the worldwide community into exerting a maximum pressure on North Korea.
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During the third inter-Korean summit on April 27, Kim told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he would "carry out the closure of the northern nuclear test site in May", according to Seoul's presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae.
The summit will be the first meeting ever between a sitting United States president and the leader of North Korea.
Kim declared his nuclear force as complete in December, following North Korea's most powerful nuclear test to date in September and three flight tests of ICBMs created to reach the US mainland.
The country has also reportedly begun taking "technical measures" to decommission Punggye-ri, and, due to limited space, will allow only journalists from South Korea, the US, the United Kingdom, and Russian Federation to cover its dismantling.
She said the US troop presence in the South for the past 65 years has played a "crucial role for deterrence", peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.
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"Yes that will happen but we are only to also consider that's not the only nuclear facilities in North Korea", said Yoon.
The tunnels of the test site would be blown up and their entrances completely blocked, the ministry statement said. All of North Korea's nuclear tests to date have been conducted deep inside this mountain to reduce the probability of radioactive materials leaking out to pollute the air or water around a detonation.
She said that the market opening of North Korea will also be one of the topics at the Washington-Pyongyang talks in Singapore next month.
That was also when South Korea began deploying anti-ship missiles and strengthening its fleet of patrol ships in its western seas, which made North Korean hijacking operations more hard, analysts say. Then, North Korea takes down their nuclear reactors.
If true, the revelation would support North Korea's long-standing accusation that the South Korean spy agency had kidnapped its citizens.
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