The Punggye-ri test site. Experts say one tunnel has collapsed after repeated explosions, rendering much of the site useless. (Airbus Defense & Space/38 North/Pleiades CNES/Spot Image via AP)
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to invite experts and journalists from the United States and South Korea when the country shuts its nuclear test site in May, Seoul officials said, as U.S. President Trump pressed for total denuclearization ahead of his unprecedented meeting with Kim. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in Friday vowed "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula in the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade, but the declaration did not include concrete steps to reach that goal.During a Middle East trip Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would require North Korea in any deal to "take irreversible" steps to demonstrate its commitment to denuclearization.He told ABC TV that there was a real opportunity for negotiations between Kim and Trump and that he had a clear mission from the White House to discuss American detainees and a verifiable mechanism for denuclearization with Kim.U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said Libya's decision to give up its nuclear program through diplomacy is a model for efforts to have North Korea do likewise.
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