South Korea said Friday it will look closer into the circumstances surrounding the arrival of a dozen North Korean restaurant workers in 2016, after a television report suggested some of the women might have been brought to the South against their will.
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.
In a meeting this week attended also by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Moon and Chinese envoy Li Keqiang issued a statement demanding that "the worldwide community, including the United States, must actively take part in ensuring a bright future for North Korea through a security guarantee and support for its economic development".
"From 21 April, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs)", KCNA said at the time.
In a dramatic turnaround after Kim and Trump had traded threats of war and personal insults, the young North Korean leader vowed to pursue denuclearization at a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month.
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Meanwhile, North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear test site for sometime between May 23 and 25 depending on weather conditions to uphold its pledge to discontinue nuclear tests, state media said yesterday.
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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.
Kim has expressed a commitment to the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula, although there are still questions about his sincerity given North Korea's tendency to fail to follow through on its commitments. It was the sixth nuclear test by Pyongyang.
Seismic waves from a nuclear test in North Korea.
Still, analysts wanting to be optimistic about the diplomatic process say that declaring the site finished and taking some steps towards closing it would support their theory that Kim is making an effort, just like this weeks release of three Americans who had been held in North Korea.
Following the release of three American prisoners Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced he will meet with Kim in Singapore on June 12.
In North Korea's bombastic rhetoric, "denuclearization" has, for years, been a byword for United States troop withdrawals from South Korea.
According to the Asahi Shimbun story, North Korea is "resisting the relocation" idea and "being vague" on the abandonment of data. "We talked about the fact that America has often in history had adversaries who we are now close partners with and our hope that we could achieve the same with respect to North Korea".