South Korea welcomes North's decision to let reporters visit nuclear site

South Korea welcomes North's decision to let reporters visit nuclear site

North Korea is preparing blow up its main nuclear-weapons test site in the next day or two, even as U.S. President Donald Trump raises new doubts about the prospects of a nuclear deal with Kim Jong Un.

During a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday, Trump expressed pessimism about whether his summit with Kim would take place as planned on June 12 in Singapore.

However, Pyongyang's professed commitment to "denuclearisation" is likely to differ from Washington's demand for "comprehensive, verifiable and irreversible" nuclear disarmament.

"There are certain conditions that we want".

The dismantling of the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where all of its six nuclear bomb test explosions occurred, is expected to happen on May 24 or 25 depending on weather.

The country's first test was largely seen as a failure and produced an estimated yield of only about one kiloton, compared to as much as 250 kilotons in the sixth - an explosion 16 times more powerful than the U.S. atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

"But it is questionable for the South to serve as a mouthpiece for North Korea, which is ignoring a joint summit declaration with the South, beyond the role of a mediator".

He did not detail the conditions he had laid out for Kim but said if they aren't met, "we won't have the meeting".

The change in tone came after North Korean officials blasted national security adviser John Bolton for suggesting that North Korea would quickly eliminate its weapons of mass destruction as Libya did - a move North Korean leaders see as a unsafe approach that could end with Kim facing the same deadly fate as former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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CNN International correspondent Will Ripley has visited North Korea 18 times, but this is the only time he hasn't flown via Pyongyang.

In 2015, Maguire and about 30 foreign women's rights activists, including Gloria Steinem from the United States, crossed the inter-Korean border in a widely publicized trip from Pyongyang to Seoul as part of the "Women Cross DMZ" campaign, calling for measures for peace with the North.

"Plans continue to go forward for a summit".

"North Korea can say to the global community that it did its best to achieve denuclearisation through negotiations but was pressured by the United States and couldn't do it", he said.

A small coterie of foreign reporters has set off on a marathon journey to a remote location in North Korea to witness Pyongyang's purported destruction of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.

Reporters from news outlets from the other countries said on Twitter they arrived in the North Korean port city of Wonsan on Tuesday. The South's presidential Blue House declined to comment on the implications for family reunions, referring questions to the Unification Ministry. "I don't want to waste a lot of time, and I'm sure he doesn't want to waste a lot of time", he further said.

China said both the United States and North Korea were still making preparations for the summit, and Beijing hoped both sides can "clear away distractions".

What is different today is that the Kim regime is already a nuclear weapons power, which means the White House will have to offer more diplomatic and economic concessions to Pyongyang if it is to achieve a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.To the Trump administration's credit, there appears to be something in the air that leads one to believe (or at least hope) that an agreement can in fact be struck.

"We are prepared", he said.

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