North Korea Pledges To Close Nuclear Missile Site

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hold up their hands after reaching Changgun-bong the peak of Mount Paekdu during their one-day trip to the tallest mountain in North Korea on Sept. 20

Moon also said he hopes that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit North Korea soon for nuclear talks.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hopes to meet again with United States President Donald Trump.

Moon said North Korea's agreement to allow worldwide experts to observe a "permanent" dismantling of a missile engine test site and launch pad was the same thing as a commitment to "verifiably and irreversibly" demolish those facilities.

Moon's office said North Korean workers made a mistake. Trump also declared, "we're making tremendous progress" with North Korea, citing its halt in nuclear and missile testing since last November.

It's unclear whether Moon will speak to reporters after his arriving in South Korea on Thursday.

In this image made from video by North Korea's KRT, July 28, 2017, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gestures at the site of a missile test at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

In addition, agreement on economic cooperation can not be implemented without the lifting of United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

"We absolutely can not let this hard to come by opportunity for peace slip away once again", the Chinese government's top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said in a statement.

Another demand could be the U.S. officially ending the Korean War. Their trip to the mountain on the North Korean-Chinese border, and the striking photo-op that will resonate in both Koreas, followed a day of wide-ranging agreements they trumpeted as a major step toward peace.

Historians say the 5,000-year timeline of Korean history is a groundless claim that became part of South Korea's official narrative after being inserted in school textbooks during the rule of former dictator Chun Doo-hwan.

North Korea pledges to close down key missile test site

USA officials suggested Kim was trying to ease the economic pressure on him to curb his nuclear programs and to undercut the rationale for U.S. troops being based in South Korea by improving relations with Seoul. He again promised "to facilitate dialogue between North Korea and the United States". Pyongyang has long sought their withdrawal and Trump has questioned their rationale and cost.

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"Everything that's out there now is conditional on U.S. actions that would reduce the pressure on the North to cooperate or (is) filled with loopholes and exit ramps", added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Kim also pledged establishing closer ties with the South.

In light of those reports, experts have warned the USA not to grant North Korea premature concessions. "They don't meaningfully constrain North Korea's nuclear programme". North Korea has been demanding a declaration formally ending the Korean War, which was stopped in 1953 by a ceasefire, but neither leader mentioned it Wednesday as they read the joint statement.

"But in the meantime, we're talking".

Moon, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and their wives attended the performance of "The Glorious Country" at Pyongyang's May Day Stadium on Wednesday night where they observed thousands of performers working in precise unison. Compared to the vague language of their two earlier summits, Kim and Moon seem to have agreed on an ambitious program meant to tackle soaring tensions that caused many to fear war a year ago as the North tested a string of increasingly powerful weapons. A longer route to peace is not ideal, but as long as North and South Korea stay friendly, nuclear warheads won't fly.

Washington calls for concrete action, such as a full disclosure of North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities, before satisfying Pyongyang's key demands, including an official end to the war and the easing of global sanctions.

Moon said Kim also told him the closure of a nuclear weapons test site at Punggye-ri could be also subject to worldwide verification.

'Chairman Kim expressed his wish that he wanted to complete denuclearisation quickly and focus on economic development, ' Moon said during a press conference in Seoul, describing his three-day summit with Kim in the North's capital of Pyongyang.

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