"Chairman Kim's willingness to allow verification signals his intention to lay down all of his nuclear weapons and facilities, which could brighten the prospects for nuclear negotiations", said Shin Beom-chul, a national security analyst at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul.
DAPA did not specify the value of the order, but an official at the defence ministry put it at 330 billion won (228 million pounds), saying the systems would be deployed in the early 2020s.
Once the joint inspections are over, South Korea views that Seoul and Pyeongyang will be able to hold a ground-breaking ceremony, within this year AS PLANNED, . for linking and modernizing their rail and road networks.
Until now, North and South Korea have always submitted separate bids for inclusion on UNESCO'S list of the world's greatest cultural treasures.
Washington has demanded that Pyongyang disclose a full inventory of nuclear weapons and fissile materials as a first step toward the USA goal of achieving the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.
Seoul and Pyongyang will on Friday kick off a 16-day joint on-site survey of rail on the east and west coast of the peninsula, the South Korean Ministry of Unification (MOU) announced on Wednesday.
The joint inspection of the railway sections in the North is based on agreements reached between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their first and third summits in April and September. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.
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During Pompeo's fourth visit to Pyongyang in October, he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
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"I understand that Chairman Kim told (South Korean) President Moon (Jae In) during their summit in September that if the US took corresponding steps he would not only be willing to shut down the Yongbyon nuclear facilities but also allow verification", the source was quoted as saying. "I hope inter-Korean relations will turn out as good". North Korea ignored the invitation.
The Foal Eagle military drills are clearly a rehearsal for war with North Korea. "Yes, certainly they do".
In October, reports suggested that North was preparing several of its nuclear and missile test sites for global inspections.
A full peace deal between North and South Korea may remain elusive, but the neighbours took a cultural step forward on Monday when they joined forces to get their ancient wrestling tradition onto a United Nations list of cultural treasures. The second Trump-Kim summit is not expected to be held at least until January.