Thursday 18 October 2018

North Korea ‘to close nuclear site’ in May and open facility to US and Seoul

Seoul said Mr Kim made the comments during his summit with South Korean president Moon Jae-In on Friday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the summit with South Korean president Moon Jae-In (Korea Summit Press Pool/AP)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the summit with South Korean president Moon Jae-In (Korea Summit Press Pool/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

North Korea plans to shut its nuclear testing site in May and reveal the process to experts and reporters from South Korea and the US, Seoul has said.

Revealing the pledge, South Korea announced Kim Jong Un said Donald Trump will get to know the North Korean leader is “not a person” to aim missiles at US.

Seoul’s presidential spokesman, Yoon Young-chan, said Mr Kim made the comments during his summit with South Korean president Moon Jae-In on Friday.

Referring to preparations for a summit between himself and Mr Kim, expected in May of June, the US president earlier tweeted that “things are going very well”.

Seoul also said that North Korea plans to match time zones with its southern neighbour and historic adversary.

The North created its own “Pyongyang Time” in 2015 by setting the clock 30 minutes behind the South.

Mr Trump has claimed credit for the historic South Korea-North Korea summit.

But now he faces a burden in helping turn the Korean leaders’ bold but vague vision for peace into reality after more than six decades of hostility.

Mr Trump must contend with a nagging suspicion about his own suitability to conduct that kind of war-and-peace negotiation and succeed where his predecessors have failed.

And then there is the question about whether Mr Kim really is willing to give up the nuclear weapons his nation took decades acquiring.

Press Association

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