North Korea says it will dismantle nuclear test site later this month

Xi Jinping meets with North Korean officials in Beijing

North Korea says it will dismantle nuclear test site later this month

"If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends".

Pompeo said he had "good" talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, BBC reports. North and South Korea held a separate summit in late April.

Speaking alongside South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha at the State Department, Pompeo said Friday he thinks the USA and North Korea are largely on the same page in expectations for the June 12 encounter, which will see a sitting US president meet the leader of North Korea for the first time.

"If Chairman Kim chooses the right path, there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity" for his people, Pompeo said at the State Department, following a meeting with the foreign minister of South Korea. He also said Americans would also help invest in North Korean infrastructure and agriculture if Pyongyang meets USA demands on ending its nuclear weapons program.

Trump, in a tweet Saturday, thanked North Korea for its plan to dismantle the nuclear test site, calling it "a very smart and gracious gesture!" However, there are lingering doubts about whether Kim would ever agree to fully relinquish the weapons he probably views as his only guarantee of survival.

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It also referred to Japan's colonial rule over the peninsula by asserting that the nature of the Japan-North Korea relationship is that of an aggressor and victim.

"We reaffirmed that our goal is to achieve the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula", she added, promising "air-tight" coordination.

In North Korea's bombastic rhetoric, "denuclearization" has, for years, been a byword for U.S. troop withdrawals from South Korea-an idea that Kang appeared to reject.

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 USA mainland.

North Korea's announcement that it will blow up its nuclear testing site within the next couple of weeks is "good news", Pompeo said.

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He said if that happens, the USA would allow "private sector Americans. help build out the energy grid that needs enormous amounts of electricity in North Korea". Kim has said that North Korea now has the capability to strike the continental United States.

"I think what we need to see from Kim Jong Un is that he and the entire North Korean regime have made a strategic decision that they will be better off without weapons of mass destruction", Bolton said.

North Korea has invited the outside world to witness the dismantling of its nuclear facilities before. In June 2008, worldwide broadcasters were allowed to air the demolishing of a cooling tower at the Nyongbyon reactor site, a year after the North reached an agreement with the US and four other nations to disable its nuclear facilities in return for an aid package worth about $400 million.

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.

While President Trump remains optimistic about the chances for a breakthrough, "I don't think he has stars in his eyes over this", National Security Adviser John Bolton said on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

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