Seoul Hails Upcoming Closure of North Korean Nuclear Facility

North Korea To Dismantle Its Nuclear Test Site

North Korea's key ally, China, said Friday it welcomes the progress made by the US and North Korea in setting up next month's summit between their leaders.

Dialogue brokered by Seoul has seen US-North Korea relations go from trading personal insults and threats of war past year to a summit between Kim and President Donald Trump due in Singapore on June 12.

"The invitation of journalists from various countries also means that the dismantlement of nuclear site will be transparent for the worldwide community", the presidential office noted.

The move would underscore the North's commitment to "completely" give up its nuclear program.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has thanked North Korea after it pledged to destroy its nuclear test site ahead of a summit meeting between the two country's leaders next month.

The announcement came soon after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that if Pyongyang takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on par with South Korea.

Kim also said that the North's invitation of foreign journalists shows the country will carry out the operation in a transparent manner.

Kim last month said the site, Punggye-ri, built in a secluded mountain valley northeast of Pyongyang and the site for all six of the regime's nuclear blasts, would be shuttered and further tests had been suspended, KCNA reported April 21.

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