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Empty gesture?: North Korea to allow nuclear inspectors into test site

AFTER a “productive and wonderful” meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to allow inspectors into a key nuclear testing site that Pyongyang said it destroyed in May. The reception Pompeo received and the positive reports coming from state media suggest the talks were more cordial than previous visits to the North Korean capital. As well as the agreement to admit nuclear inspectors, Kim and Pompeo also agreed to arrange a second summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump. They also discussed the possibility of the US monitoring North Korea’s pathway to denuclearisation. On Sunday, @SecPompeo held productive discussions with Chairman Kim Jong-un in #Pyongyang. They discussed the four elements contained in the U.S.-#DPRK Singapore Summit Joint Statement and discussed the upcoming second summit between @POTUS and Chairman Kim. pic.twitter.com/fGRRl3WKTh — Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) October 7, 2018 Pyongyang invited international media to witness the dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in late May. The closing involved the collapse of all tunnels at the site with explosions, blocking of entrances, and the removal of observation facilities and research institutes. Notably absent from the “ceremony” were any independent inspectors to verify the steps would effectively dismantle the facility. At the time, the site’s closure was met with scepticism from experts who believed it could be easily reversed. A month prior to its closure, a study suggested the site was unusable after Pyongyang’s strongest ever nuclear test in September, essentially making its so-called dismantling immaterial. SEE ALSO: How to break the US-North Korea stalemate Sunday’s announcement was also met with cynicism by those who see the offer as an empty gesture that allows Kim to appear like he is making concessions when, in reality, his circumstance hasn’t changed. On Twitter, nuclear expert... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Empty gesture?: North Korea to allow nuclear inspectors into test site, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Empty gesture?: North Korea to allow nuclear inspectors into test site

 

 

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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Monday, 8 October, 2018

 

 

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