Korea to destroy nuclear site ahead of USA summit: KCNA

Kim Jong-un will meet President Trump on June 12 in Singapore

Kim Jong-un will meet President Trump on June 12 in SingaporeGETTY IMAGES

"In parallel with dismantlement of the nuclear test ground, guards and researchers will be withdrawn and the surrounding area of the test ground will be completely closed", the ministry said.

He said his talks with Kim on Wednesday had been "warm", "constructive" and "good" and that he made clear that if North Korea gets rid of its nuclear weapons in a permanent and verifiable way, the U.S.is willing to help the impoverished nation boost its economy and living stands to levels like those in prosperous South Korea.

The country's central news agency said the dismantlement of the nuclear test ground would involve collapsing all of its tunnels with explosions, blocking its entrances and removing all observation facilities, research buildings and security posts.

Kim has declared the development of the North's nuclear force complete and that it had no further need for the site. DPRK is an acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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The isolated Asian nation, which had already pledged to begin dismantling the site this month, will invite journalists from China, Russia, the USA, the United Kingdom and South Korea to cover the event, KCNA said in the statement. It will be the first meeting ever between a sitting United States president and the leader of North Korea.

The officials also say a ceremony will be held where worldwide media will be able to observe the dismantling.

But seemingly out of the blue, relations seem to have improved between the U.S. and North Korea, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo having made two visits to Pyongyang in a matter of weeks.

The North Korean leader revealed during the summit that his country plans to publicly close the test site, announcing experts and journalists from foreign countries will be invited.

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In order to accommodate the travelling journalists, North Korea said various measures would be taken including "opening territorial air space".

It also said North Korea will provide all worldwide journalists with charter flights from Beijing to North Korea's Wonsan, and from there, they will be offered a special charter train to Pyunggye-ri.

North Korea said Saturday that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un's summit with President Donald Trump next month. Analysts say that while the closure of the site is important, it doesn't represent a material step toward full denuclearization.

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