UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plans to invite experts and journalists from the United States and South Korea when his country closes down its nuclear testing site in May, while US President Donald Trump has sought to push Pyongyang for full nuclear disarmament, officials in Seoul said on Sunday. Before his upcoming meeting with Kim.
On Friday, Kim and South Korean President Mon Jie-nn made a pledge during the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula, but the declaration did not include any specific steps to achieve that goal.
North Korean media said before the summit that Pyongyang would immediately halt nuclear and missile tests, close its nuclear testing site and instead seek economic growth and peace.
Kim told Moon that he would soon invite experts and journalists to visit the country so that the dismantling of facilities publicly “to the international community.”
“Despite its inherent hostility to North Korea, the United States will know that as soon as our talks begin, I will not be the person who uses nuclear weapons against the South or the United States across the Pacific Ocean,” North Korea’s Yonhap-chan adviser quoted the North Korean leader as saying.
“There is no reason for us to have nuclear weapons and we are having difficulties, if we have mutual trust with the United States through frequent meetings from now on and if there is a commitment to end the war and non-aggression.”
Kim said two more tunnels were still “in very good condition” at the non-tunnel testing site, which experts said collapsed after frequent explosions, making the bulk of the site useless.
The media advisor said Kim’s promise showed his “proactive and effective” willingness to accept that inspection efforts would become part of the process of nuclear disarmament.
To facilitate cross-border cooperation in the future, Kim pledged to abolish the 2015 time zone declared by Pyongyang, saying the north would offer 30 minutes to coincide with South Korea’s timing.
Yun said Kim also reaffirmed that he would not use military force with the South and noted the need for an institutional mechanism to prevent unintentional escalation.