Donald Trump welcomes North Korea plan to dismantle nuclear test site

Frederick Owens
May 16, 2018

-North Korea summit so soon "without months and months and months of preparation" is that Trump will be able to "size Kim Jong-un up and see whether the commitment is real".

North Korea's foreign Ministry said the country will continue to 'promote close contacts and dialogue with the neighbouring countries and the worldwide society so as to safeguard peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and over the globe'.

Tensions had been mounting for years as Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes saw it subjected to multiple rounds of increasingly strict sanctions by the UN Security Council, the US, EU, South Korea and others, and Trump last year threatened the North with "fire and fury".

Tempers had cooled following months of belligerence on both sides - Trump called Kim "Little Rocket Man" and Kim responded by branding him a 'mentally deranged US dotard'. Still, it's unclear whether North Korea has figured out how to prevent a warhead from burning up during re-entry from space.

North Korea has suspended high-level talks with South Korea due to US-South Korean military exercises and warned that a summit next month between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump could be in jeopardy.

"It would, however, require North Korea to clear out the test tunnels and rebuild any infrastructure that might be removed - or dig new tunnels at the site or elsewhere".

"My view is that North Korea wants to finish the job (of dismantling the nuclear test site) in a prompt, transparent and simple manner".

He further claimed that North Korea wishes to become a nuclear weapons state under the shield of officially being recognised as a denuclearised state.

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Mr 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 United States mainland.

"It is too early to predict (with one month left before the summit), but I think the North will move toward sufficient, verifiable, irreversible dismantling, which is to sufficiently reduce threats from nuclear weapons, rather than seek complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement (CVID)", he told reporters.

'We have two more tunnels that are bigger than the existing ones and that they are in good condition, ' he said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo jumped on the bandwagon in a diplomatic way.

"What Chairman Kim will get from America is our finest".

In her reporting at the time, CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour said, "They fired a warning flare and then in three minutes the whole thing came tumbling down in a massive cloud of smoke". They are in great need of agricultural equipment and technology. We can deliver that.

The prisoner release was seen as a first step toward the planned summit, which Trump announced last week would take place June 12 in Singapore.

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